I'm not in NYC right now but if I were, you can bet I'd be at tonight's opening of Judith Schaechter's show, "The Life Ecstatic." This new body of her signature stained glass miracle workings explores the concept of "transcendent joy," including both the celestially beautiful and the dangerously self-obliterating sides of ecstasy. As a longtime fan who has watched her work evolve over the years, it is incredible to see it become more elaborate and more controlled at the same time. She is a true master of craft, and viewing her literally luminous pieces in person is a transcendent experience in itself.
The show is up through October 15th, and I can't wait to see these fresh wonders when I return. Listening to this old favorite in the meantime to get myself in the appropriate frame of mind.