Laura Gonzalez


11 Apr 2006

My Tangle of Thorns

Someone inadvertently reminded me today that I used to refer to my PhD as Humbert Humbert refers to his story in Lolita. I always wanted to say to my examination panel, while pointing at my voluminous thesis and looking at my seductive artworks:

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, look at this tangle of thorns.

A tangle of thorns it feels as I go beyond merely toying with ideas to starting building a framework, or something along those lines… Conversations help. I never realised how much of a PhD is actually sparked by other people. My acknowledgements list grows and grows; I am a grateful person and want everyone meaningful to be represented. Remainders of a Catholic upbringing, no doubt. As S–– says, why lead astray from right behaviour? What is right behaviour? Right behaviour according to whom? Morals, values and ethics (together with phantasies and desires) are back into the equation and I hope Forrester’s chapter “Rape, Seduction and Psychoanalysis” holds some pointers for me. Or maybe I will find what I am looking for in casual conversations. I joined a psychoanalysis message board on LJ but seem to be merely talking to myself there… The tangle is getting more and more knotted, the thorns start to pierce.

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2 Responses to “My Tangle of Thorns”

  1. Laura Gonzalez » Blog Archive » An alley that may not be so blind… said:

    […] Little by little, I am beginning to see the knots in my tangle of thorns. Apart from Object a, the discourse of the analyst and transference, I know suspect the feminine and jouissance also have something to do with all of this. I have been putting off reading Seminar XX, but Parveen Adams’s article on Mary Kelly and Ellie Ragland’s text (How the fact that there’s no sexual relation gives rise to culture ”1” ) together with the objects I am making (reminiscent of jewellery and of being looked at… Soon, I will post pictures) is pointing in the direction of unequivocal feminine pleasures. Feminine but not feminist, although this is a new knot I will have to sit down and undo. […]

  2. Sinako said:

    Can I learn how to dance salsa online?Not extellencly, but well enough not to make a total fool out of myself at a party I’ll be attending in a copule of months. Can’t afford lessons (and frankly I don’t think I’ll have enough time to attend classes regularly). What websites do you recommend to help me learn?Any other recommendations?Azuca’! jeje But umm.. any website where I can gather some tips?The sarcasm isn’t helping, you know I can practice, but I’d appreciate a website as reference.

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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.