Laura Gonzalez

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5 Oct 2018

Echo Burning by Lee Child ***

Reading dates: 28 August – 1 October 2018

As Neil said, this is the golden period of the Reacher novels and the plot here is solid. I particularly like the Texan heat, the storm and the battle that comes within it. It feels more than visual and appeals to many senses. The downside, I am still not warming to Reacher himself in the way I feel for Denise Mina’s characters or even Harry Hole. I want him a bit more vulnerable, less robotic. I was hoping for a bit of romance with Carmen, something that makes him miss a step for a few pages. I know, I know the rumours that he is neurodiverse but to me it is not him or his character at fault here, it is the writing. I am all for neurodiversity if the writing respects that. As it is, Reacher feels distant more that atypical. Of course, I am reading the next one in the series …

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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.