Laura Gonzalez


23 Jun 2006

On being an angel

I may be making flimsy connections here but yesterday, in that Alpha state we all go through before dropping to sleep, in that state of utter clarity and receptiveness, Francesca Woodman’s On being an angel came to my mind and supperimposed itself to Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even. (Oh God, that “even” seduces me, it’s driving me mad!)

On being an angel Large Glass

Think about it: Francesca could be the bride, who has been stripped bare with her open mouth ready to let the milky way and pistons out, and many of the other elements scaterred in the photographic plane (umbrella, shelf…) the bachelors. The chocolate grinder, outside of the composition, may be the sun moving, grinding and the sleith could be that strange piece of equipment on the left hand side (same position as in Duchamp’ work!)

For a quick description of The Bride…‘s main compositional elements see Suquet’s diagramme below:

The two images also share a strange spacial construction, as she is upside down to us and the image is cropped in and cut into sections by the sun… It makes frightful sense to me…

Woodman’s image courtesy of Eva Rus, who wrote this interesting essay about Francesca Woodman

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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.