“The Cupcake” is a short film that expands on the conceptual photographic series “Domestic Bliss” by Susan Copich. Within the pristine environment of suburban living, a modern housewife (Susan Copich) longs for escape from an ennui bred of entitlement and isolation. She discovers expression and freedom through ritual and performance, to a dreamlike precision, that may only further the trappings of her perfect world. As the external world repeatedly intrudes on her night time ceremony she faces the ultimate challenge. Like the photographic series “The Cupcake” presents tableaux rich with iconic symbols that dive into the psychological and asks the character to face herself or continue the endless loop of denial. As the central figure on an artificial stage, the housewife is at once the empty vortex and the compelling heroine in this morality play.
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