Laura Gonzalez

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8 Feb 2015

A sickness in the family by Denise Mina ***

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Reading dates: 1 – 6 February 2015

A sickness in the family is a gripping, well put together graphic novel, with exquisite drawings. It is a quick, intense, enjoyable read but one that, for me, fell flat at the resolution. It reminded me a little too much of Hitchcock’s film Psycho. Its complexity, however, was that of a short story. I like very few short stories, not my form. I wanted something more epic. Somehow the threads for this are there in each of the characters — especially the marriage counsellor — and the work could have expanded. Although, one could argue, at the expense of some dilution of the main narrative. Still, the theme (brought about by that resolution I was just dissing) is fascinating and rather original.

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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.