Laura Gonzalez


1 Jul 2017

Slip of the Knife by Denise Mina****

Reading dates: 11 May – 14 June 2017.

I went to this book for comfort and it definitely delivered. I had been reading a well known and much loved contemporary classic and I just found it too worthy. I needed a book that was going to be like a friend listening to anxieties before dropping off to sleep, rather than one giving me advice on how to change my life. Slip of the Knife is the third in the Paddy Meehan series. She is such a brilliant, likeable detective. As ever with Mina, Glasgow, the city I have lived in for the last 12 years, is alive, well observed and represented. The plot is a good combination of new stuff and threads from the other books and everything is plausible and well pitched. I cannot take fault with anything here: it just gave me what I needed and that is all I ask of my books.

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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.