Laura Gonzalez


22 Jan 2018

Joy in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse****

Reading dates: 25 October 2017–21 January 2018

As ever with the Jeeves and Wooster books, this story is nice, chirpy and very, very funny. The characters are well defined, have a lot of personality and act accordingly. You have, as is customary with Wodehouse, the nicest array of names ever: Stilton Cheeseright, Boko Fittleworth, Lord Worplesdon and Chichester Clam. There is absolutely no padding too, which, as someone who writes, I find very admirable. What sets this story apart is its knots, and how they are gotten out of. The storyline is one in love engagements, marriage proposals, and industrial mergers, set in the appropriate town of Steeple Bumpleigh. And if that was not enough, there is a fancy dress party … Reading it aloud was wonderful, as it allowed for voices to animate Wodehouse’s sharp dialogue. I laughed out loud a few times and when does this happen with a book, eh?

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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.