Laura Gonzalez


14 Dec 2006

Sometimes, after analysis, I feel just like my objects

Email received today at 14:38:

Dear artist,

We would like to thank you again for contributing to Objects in Waiting and to GIFT. Over the six days that GIFT took place, 83 of the exhibits were given away to visitors; however, we regret that the object that you contributed was not one of these, as no suitable request was made for its use. Like the many unwanted gifts that linger in their packaging after Christmas day, the fate of your object remains as yet undecided.

If you would like to bestow the responsibility on to us, we will endeavour to resolve the matter in a way that befits the now very complex status of these objects. If you would prefer to be reunited with your object we can return it to you by post or in person.

Please consider this and let us know what you decide, and be assured that no action will take place unless we hear from you.

Best wishes,

P— and D—

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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.