Lady in Red: The Performance and Liberation of Desire in Dana Rotberg’s Angel of Fire

Student: Katie Schaag
Course: English 727: Digital Humanities, Jon McKenzie
Medium: Digital imagery, Graphic Essay
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Description: For this project I remade my essay “Lady in Red: The Performance and Liberation of Desire in Dana Rotberg’s Angel of Fire” into a graphic book.

In my paper, I examined the film’s visual excess, arguing that the proliferation of surreal and grotesque images enables a liberation of subversive desire. This book attempts to perform my paper’s argument through a spectacle of taboo images of subversive sexuality and abject bodies, also incorporating the “garbage aesthetic” of Mexican oppositional cinema. Encased in a red feathered egg, the book itself is an embodiment of the protagonist, Alma's, desire.

I used Photoshop to modify the images, and InDesign to lay out the pages. I then paper-machéd a balloon to make the egg, covered it in red feathers, and made a binding out of wire.

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