In Judith Schaechter’s new body of work, The Life Ecstatic, the artist explores transcendent joy. Is there the possibility of a moment of true synchronicity with one’s surroundings and nature? Ecstasy can mean an emotional or religious frenzy or a trancelike state; one’s subjective perception of time, space or self may change or completely disappear.
Schaechter deliberately chooses images that are ambiguous enough to handle multiple viewer interpretations. Interested in the paradoxes of image-making and the tension between illusion and truth, the artist examines the notion that we can never gain the proper perspective necessary to gauge our current “reality” without completely disassociating ourselves through time or space. We can look to representations, i.e. works of art, to temporarily resolve this dilemma.