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Lara Schnitger, Judith, 2019, fabric on canvas, 70 × 48".

Lara Schnitger

Grice Bench

Lara Schnitger’s solo exhibition at Grice Bench opened with Judith (all works cited 2019), a modestly scaled work of fabric on canvas portraying the titular figure with the severed head of Holofernes resting on a surface beneath her gently curved hands. Many male artists have tried to depict this same heroic, feminist scene. Notable among them is Caravaggio, whose Judith is shown wielding her blade against Holofernes’s neck, releasing a bright-red spray. Schnitger’s version comes closer to that of Gustav Klimt, whose sultry sophisticate defiantly meets the gaze of the beholder in the aftermath of her violent deed, one eye slightly more narrowed than the other, as if winking. Klimt is also recalled for his technique of encrusting paintings with ornamental motifs—in all of the works on view here, Schnitger dispensed with brushes and paint in favor of stitching and gluing together swatches

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