The work explores the idea of the Female Sublime. It challenges Burke and Kant’s concept of beauty represented by a female and the attribution of negativity – the sublime, to a male character.
The concept of the sublime has evolved over the years: from the representation of elevated, lofty and great to unknown, powerful and terrifying to hypocritical and double-crossed. The work adapts philosophies of the Gothic and Postmodern sublime to convey the idea of the disguised female ugliness - the ugliness that exists in her unconscious, and is created by a number of physical and psychological factors.
Suppression of aggression triggering powerful masochistic impulses; the Castration complex instigating feeling of inferiority; upbringing conditions; daily routine and other distresses are some of the compound elements that form the female unconscious. However, it’s concealed and similarly to the Postmodern sublime, presented to a viewer under the disguise of the beautiful. This specific type of sublime acts as a bait-and-switch.
The installation in a form of a peep show, allows the viewer to peak behind the curtain and “unbox” the hidden world of a female.