Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"Sin Eater"

Hey reader of Noose! Scroll down to see a second new post with pictures (and the long woeful tale) of "The Cold Genius"! Meanwhile, heeeeeeeeeeeeere's "Sin Eater"!

"Sin Eater" is 25" x 46"
Detail

"Sin Eater" contains...oh....ten billion pieces of glass. Here's an image in reflected light.
I finished it New Years eve and it looked like that. I wasn't happy with the upper right hand corner so I rebuilt that part. Here's the older version.

9 comments:

miss fidget said...

shit, thats real good. Smart call on the upper right corner-much improved. His face is really good, O the baleful gaze...

jolo said...

I am hypmotized by this one! Really stunning.

Jx said...

Genius. Those flowers are truly demented, and I am fascinated beyond reason by his shirt. Do I see traces of Cold Genius III in those pebbles?

Judith Schaechter said...

thank you so much!!
That's funny you mention the shirt, Jx--my friend and mentor, metalsmith Sharon Church was similarly...fixated by the shirt (and I am very pleased by that indeed). It could have been a plain shirt but I can't abide by that usually...plus I think it adds to the sense that he is fallen.

clearstoryglass said...

Hi Judith. I've been fascinated by your work since I took a trip to Corning back about 8 years ago. These two new pieces are just so fantastic. It's the kind of art that has the interesting emotional effect of making me both filled with joy to see something so beautiful, and depressed as hell to know that I'll never, ever, be that good at anything. Thanks for sharing. - Kim W.

TaraTaraTara said...

What a way to begin the new decade! A finished work of art!

Anonymous said...

anon again.
fantastic.
i now understand the construction. But, as it appears you have a lot of space between the elements of flowers and pebbles, which is taken up with soldering....do you use anything to support the 'gaps' that are soldered, or do you build up the solder somehow?? so much to know!!

Jx said...

Hey, Judith, I have a 'how d'ya do it?' question too. Those flowers really leap out from their dark borders. Have you painted round them, or was the glass that dark to start with? If it's the glass, what is the make and colour? Ta muchly!

Judith Schaechter said...

the window right now is pretty FLOPPY! (EEEK!) So I sent a friend who works a Beyer's stained Glass studio a tracing and he's bending me some re-bar to correct for that. My opinion is that it is not really all that weak, but I don't really want to know what would happen if it was handled by the wrong person. So re-bar it is.

As for the flowers: they do have a little bit of stencil black bordering them--not all that much, really.
I was ASTOUNDED they were readable as separate elements in the spiral. Even when I was setting it up, all the disparate elements made them read more as "complicated blue rocks" than a totally different element in the piece, but I forged ahead with my fingers crossed and the solder resolved the issue. The stems, for example are as thin as spaghetti strands. But thick enough to read as stems. it was a gamble really and this time it paid off.
So the answer is I did as little as possible in the way of painting an outline.