23 x 14 in. (58.4 x 35.6 cm)
Schaechter’s creations take shape from a multitude of sources filtered through her unfettered imagination. The title of this work, Nedotykompectomy
, is a word Schaechter invented based upon the 1907 novel The Petty Demon
by Russian author Fyodor Sologub. In that story, Nedotykomka is the name of a demon that torments the main character to the point of insanity.
In Schaechter’s panel, a disembodied and godlike hand plucks a tiny figure (or demon?) from the head of a bleeding, restrained man. The artist’s interest in the Russian novel converged with the inspiration provided by one of her favorite paintings at the time, Hieronymus Bosch’s depiction of a lobotomy, The Cure of Folly, or the Extraction of the Stone of Madness