Laura Gonzalez


12 Dec 2008

R.I.P Betty Page

R.I.P Betty Page, Pin Up Queen


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9 Responses to “R.I.P Betty Page”

  1. Hannah Gravestock said:

    The film sound track rocks

  2. Sandy Langer said:

    Hey Laura: wonderful to see a bettie Paige-page–really she spend most of her life in mental institutions. We sold several vintage shots of her when we had the gallery. The wholesome whore–of faux–S & M. It would be amusing if it were so tragic. She ended up a fundamentalist at the finish. Sad really because she was so delicious in her time.

  3. belen said:

    more info about her relation to images and photography here!!

  4. Laura Gonzalez said:

    Hi Sandra,

    First of all, Happy birthday! It is wonderful to hear from you. You are right about Betty. What a life story. Phenomenally rich and with so many tragicomic / melodramatic moments. Still, your word delicious fits her very well…


  5. Laura Gonzalez said:

    Hannah, would you believe I haven’t seen the film? Maybe that’s a little hommage I could pay to such an iconic figure. I will pay attention to the soundtrack! Lx

  6. Laura Gonzalez said:

    Belen, what a photo! And with a quote by John Berger! Thanks for the link. Like Cindy Sherman (but in a different way), she had something that captured the camera and therefore, the viewer’s eyes. Difficult to describe but the article’s mention of “at ease” is in the right area, I think.

  7. Hannah Gravestock said:

    Hi Laura, the film isn’t that great –
    But it does highlight her beauty – I was looking for interesting music for performance and came across the title music to the film. That brought me to the film and then to Page herself..she was there before Ditta Von Tease ..and with something more if you ask me – although i’m going on what i’ve seen and heard.

    I like the Sherman reference – the photos have the same quality – I love using the images in my work with students. I usually place music with them and see how they change. Wonder what would happen if i tried that with the Page images.

  8. kristina said:

    hey well its a good thing that she with all the pretty stars in the sky,,, i will only remmeber her as a pinup fan!!!

  9. Rudy Tidwell said:

    Betty Page is one beautiful and sexy lady!She epitomizes the pinups of the 1950s. I wish the women(Models and Actresses of today would look the same. They look like sticks especially in the are put out by stores. They need to keep some meat on their bones. My wife was a super beauty in the 1950s (and she could have stopped traffic on an interstate if she word shorts. She could easily have been a model, especially bathing suits. I her 70s now, she is still a beautiful lady. I am blessed.

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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.