Laura Gonzalez


Artist’s statement

From a belief that the function of art is to resolve conflicts — both internal and within a field of enquiry — my creative practice is concerned with the materialisation of psychoanalytic ideas through a variety of different techniques. Having undergone interdisciplinary training in Spain, Portugal and the UK, I have produced paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs and sound installations. For my master’s degree, I decided to specialize in drawing, concentrating on its a reflexive attitude rather than understanding it as a choice of materials or an exploratory discipline culminating in other mediums.

My current work develops these concerns further, as I work through issues by using a self-reflexive approach to making work. I applied this methodology to study seduction for my doctoral degree and I am currently developing a practice that involves an exploration of hysteria through concentrating on what the hysteric’s body knows. This involves movement practice and the introduction of film and photographic cameras into the dance studio, not as documentation, but as a witness to the experience of the hysteric dancer.

Hysteria, 2011

About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.