Laura Gonzalez


A photo a day — 5 Jul 2007

mamiya 645I have to train my eye, reader, train it to a new method of working. That way of working is a lot more technical and scientific than what I have been used to, with my little collages, my clay sculptures, my silly objects. Photography has its own way of being, especially if one is interested in a Fine Art photographic practice, rather than journalism, documentation, or plain photo chavving –you know, that mobile phone business. As a way of training these eyes of mine (the physical, the psychical), I am going to take, or at least carefully look at, a picture a day. Those, which will not necessarily constitute of relate to my artwork, will, of course be published online here, at least for the time being.

Hopefully it will inform my actual photographic practice.My new best friend for the summer is a beautiful Mamiya 645, a delight to touch. For this, an many other things that will slowly come up on these pages over the next months, I must warmly thank Vaughan Judge, for his time, his support, and his belief that my images may reveal seduction.

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These shoes are made for walking — 1 Jul 2007

iPadI am not sure. I am definitely not sure and the more I think about it, the less sure I am about this iPod inspired iPad building (not convinced about the pun, either). Of course, iPods are a way of life, identity-bearing devices and saving graces when I am stopped by charity touts in Glasgow‚Äôs Buchanan Street. Still, I am not sure they would make good dwellings or offices; I doubt people would want to live in them. Besides, where is the iClick wheel? And the screen? And I know it is only inspired on the iPod design but, as it currently stands, it could also be a swanky cigarette packet, a gigantic tic-tac box…

You know I love shoes. You know I would [almost] do anything for a pair of Manolos, but I think boundaries are important when it comes to architectural design. I mean, iPod in hand, shoes in feet, and architecture all around. Lets not mix them.

With many thanks to Mike Press for making me think about the limits of my love for shoes.

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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.