The Patron Saint of Circus Apes Day Parade
22 x 62 in. (55.9 x 157.5 cm)
Medium and Support:
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Collections Committee and the Windgate Charitable Foundation, 2006
Location: Currently on view
This is the first work for which Schaechter employed the digital imaging program Photoshop to develop and design a complex composition. Here she began by scanning images of toys from a Dover clip art book of old toy catalogs, altering and arranging the figures into a parade of demented animals and sideshow clowns.
The subject matter and title grew out of the song “Who Do You Think We’re Coming For?” by her friend and musician Andy Prieboy, about the corruption of the music business. The visual language of the lyrics appealed to the artist. These lines served as a kernel of inspiration for this panel: "Diggin' Elvis cause he's funny/Crucified him for the money/Made him patron saint of circus apes jumpin' through the hoops.”