At a time when the world of S&M has never been more discussed and misconstrued, Submitted reveals the secret desires of men and women who have visited a professional Dominatrix. It gathers together the remarkable personal letters given to Mistress Xena over the past 15 years in which clients describe their deepest personal fantasies in ways that can be surprising, unsettling, touching and very amusing.
This shadow world is in constant balance between what is real and what can only be imagined, and the letters, reprinted exactly as written, are beautifully illustrated by artists who have been drawn to the creative potential of this subversive subject.
With its stunning blend of text and images and a frank and sometimes eye-opening introduction by Mistress Xena herself, Submitted offers a rarely glimpsed perspective on the fetish world, lifting the veil on this oft-misunderstood activity with thought-provoking style and wit.
As a facilitator of fantasy, Mistress Xena appears throughout. In her various incarnations, she is like a guide on a tour of her realm. We travel from light to dark sampling the surprisingly diverse desires that often defy our expectations and stereotypes. When reading the anonymous letters in the context of this boldly designed volume one is reminded of the human capacity of imagination, it's importance and it's connection with our physical selves.
The design of Submitted - Letters to a Dominatrix mirrors the eclectic imaginings contained in the correspondence. You are lead into a incredibly wide range scenarios, each one inhabiting a visual place within the pages. Included are outstanding contributions from an international group of artists: Georganne Deen (USA), Yoshifumi Hayashi (Japan), Richard Kern (USA), Robert Knight (UK), Laurie Lipton (USA), Yves Plateau (France), Marcelino Truong (France), Catharyne Ward (UK), Marnie Weber (USA) and Eric Wright (UK). These, along with specially created tableaux by the books' designer and contributing artist Cathy Ward, present a true "other-world".Submitted is a unique production that exhibits a bold interplay between art, style and content.
Hardcover: 220 pages in full colour. Production by Eric Wright.NEWS
Mistress Xena and Submitted Letters to a Dominatrix are featured in the Feb. issue of Bizzare magazine.
The books have arrived and are in the distribution warehouse. This means they should be available for online purchase very soon.
Mistress Xena and Probeco are overseeing the printing of Submitted at the wonderful Bortolazzi in Verona.
The design and production team have released the files to the printer.CONTACT