My One Desire
35 x 52 in. (88.9 x 132.1 cm)
Medium and Support:
Collection of Todd VonBastiaans and Bryan McCarthy
Location: Currently on view
This brilliant, strange, and evocative image captures Schaechter’s commitment to color and pattern, her familiarity with art historical sources, and her unique ability to combine beauty with ugliness to access the realm of the grotesque.
In My One Desire
, a partially nude, crowned figure sits between two elaborate decorative variations on traditional stained-glass cathedral rose windows. On her lap, in a pietà-like pose (the traditional pose of Jesus’ body lying in the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion), lies a deceased unicorn. This image is based on a unicorn tapestry
series beloved by Schaechter’s mother and familiar to the artist since her childhood.