Laura Gonzalez


9 Feb 2017

The boy who followed Ripley by Patricia Highsmith**

Reading dates: 24 December 2016 – 03 February 2017

Is it me or is this series withering as it goes along? I did not understand the purpose of this, the fourth Ripliad book. I did not get a sense of Tom Ripley’s decision making within the story. Why does he care about this boy so much and want to help him at whatever cost? Of course, the homoeroticism is present and very interestingly placed, but not explored enough within the psychology of Ripley. A missed opportunity that leaves the novel writing as surface. Mind you, I did enjoy the travels (especially East and West Berlin), and the cross dressing scene is utter genius. In fact, that scene alone earns the two stars. The rest to me seems more fan fiction than the actual primary source, which is a shame, as I still adore Ripley’s deviousness, self-preserving decision making and ruthlessness. The boy who followed Ripley is against those qualities.

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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.