27 x 52 in. (68.6 x 132.1 cm)
While tooling around online, Schaechter found a satirical 1599 engraving that delighted her and inspired A Play About Snakes
, a work she describes as “a giant celebration of obsessive and compulsive craziness.” In the historical print
, the corruption of the Catholic papacy is represented by a pyramid of entwined serpents in which the largest snake wears the papal crown.
For her snakes, Schaechter looked to eighteenth-century field guide images of snakes. She used Photoshop to pull out the snakes she liked, and she designed her own intertwined and repeating pattern, like that of a Celtic knot or a print by M. C. Escher, an artist she admires. When her pattern was complete, she printed the image and redrew every snake in black and white. After a few more steps of image manipulation, she translated it into color as she selected and engraved the layers of glass.