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11 Dec 2013

The Complete Father Brown Stories by G. K. Chesterton ****

Reading dates: 3 October — 11 December 2013

I read this book in the wrong way. I don’t think it is meant to be read in one go, in the same way that a box of ibuprofen is not meant to be taken all at once. Yes, it feels I have overdosed on something that in small chunks might have taken a pain away. The stories are lovely, like a bowl of spicy chickpea stew, warming, just right. I love Father Brown; I am a little hesitant about this heresy but I think I love him more than I love Sherlock. He is, of course, less flawed, more moral and spiritual, easier to love. The stories I cared for less are those where he took his time to appear into. Once his little round body and crooked umbrella were in sight, the room had light, everything was going to be ok. And it was. Even if it was too much, I cannot deny the enjoyment of reading these stories. Now that I have read them all, I will go back to them during my next virus, my next flu, one at a time, as I think they are meant to be read.

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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.