15 x 13 in. (38.1 x 33.02 cm)
In Self Portrait
, a childlike clown clutches her lollipop with a grin as she teeters away from a flaming car wreck. This image came to Schaechter in a flash of inspiration, unlike most of her other images, which evolve and take shape through her creative process. Although Schaechter does not like clowns, she also describes herself as a clown, in that she likes to make people laugh. So while this is not strictly a self-portrait, the artist relates to the character in this work.
Around this time, Schaechter began to experiment with cutting up her images with a grid or other patterned surface. Here the body of the girl is divided by the lines of the grid while the car is not. In I’ve Trampled a Million Pretty Flowers
, the grid does not cut through the figure or the flowers.