Anna Gaskell was born in Des Moines, Iowa and currently lives in New York City. Her works create imaginary worlds of fairy tales and myths populated by mysterious, haunting female figures. For this piece, Gaskell revived the antiquated form of the "peep show," a toy-like device resembling a private, miniature theater that was popular in the 19th century.
Untitled (Peep Show) opens to reveal a scene inside the bellows of a deep mossy well inhabited by siren-like figures gesturing toward a floating body that appears to be beyond their grasp. When the piece is flipped over, a hole in the back reveals the floating body. The photographs for this project were taken by Gaskell at the Netherworld Well on the grounds of Villa Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal, built in the late 19th century. The design of the well and the surrounding gardens are based on Dante's Inferno.