The Adventuress, an ethereal yet tenacious heroine, is created by an alchemist, has a love affair with Napoleon and gives birth to a cat in a quest of Fairy Tale subversions and surreal post-feminism.
The text may tell us of wedding revelry and honeymoons but the fragile images betray subjugation and abuse as The Adventuress is repeatedly betrayed by the promises of love and motherhood. This is a story in which transformation can lead to madness and happy-ever-afters may only be attained through cleansing fire or the release of death.
Niffenegger’s images combine the uncanny distortions of German Expressionist cinema with a sketchiness which invites universal interpretations.
A truly beautiful, unique and inspiring work.