Judith Schaechter’s sublime clarification


Contributor Judith Schaechter responded to our desperate call for help in interpreting Shamim M. Momin’s artspeak in the Whitney Biennial catalog (see our post below).

(Momin’s artspeak: “Violette suggests the possibility of active participation in the majestic decay of the Burke-ian sublime, where imminent death [literally, or of that fugitive mement] imbues one with that consuming “astonishment…of the soul.”)

Schaechter’s explanation: Violette suggests the rush of a near death experience–like being on a roller coaster made by someone named Burke.

Judith Schaechter is an artist and 1992 Pew Fellow


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