The Batman cartoon, broadcast by Fox Kids from 1992 give birth to the character of Harley Quinn, the Joker’s girlfriend. Her real name is Harleen Quinzel. She’s a psychoanalyst working at the Arkham Asilum, on the Joker’s file. She will fall in love with him, will help him to escape but then will be intern in her own asylum.
There is a very similar story back in the beginning of the 20 th century in Vienna, Austria. Dr Young, famous psychoanalyst and student of Sigmund Freud, father of the psychoanalysis, interns a young Jewish Russian girl in his asylum. Her name is Sabina Spielrein. She suffers from hysteria. While she was going on therapy, her and Dr. young were going to have a love unhealthy relationship. But, after all, he would cure her and Sabina would become one of the first psychoanalyst women.
Going from shrink to mad or from mad to shrink, Harley Quinn and Sabina Spielrein are two mirror stories of a same sexual unhealthy relationship between a psychoanalyst and a patient.
The main thematic of this mask is Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is born in the Austrian intellectual community in the beginning of the 20 th century, just as the Vienna Secession artistic movement, middle Europe version of the Art nouveau. Emblematic artists of those movements, as Gustav Klimt, Alphons Mucha or Otto Wagner, therefore inspire the symbols of this mask.
Finally, to fall in love with someone that you sequester is called The Lima Syndrome. Fun fact : That’s why Noty Aroz choose the face of Adriana Lima, the model, to wear the mask of Doctor Lima.