CSCA Workshop: Sarah Lucas and Psychoanalysis
21 February 2024, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
This event is free.
Queenie Lee – History of Art
IAS Forum, Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)South WingWilkins BuildingLondonWC1E 6BT
This workshop uses the recent Sarah Lucas survey exhibition at Tate Britain as a springboard to consider the interactions between the artist’s work and questions of sex, violence, and psychoanalysis. With presentations from Philomena Epps and Ivan Knapp, chaired by Professor Mignon Nixon, participants will each present an informal paper or work in progress, exploring questions, ideas, and threads of their current research. The rest of the event will be dedicated to group discussion and collaborative thinking.
Thinking from the base in Sarah Lucas and Rachel Harrison
Thinking from the base considers Lucas’s decision to hang the sculptures in her exhibition at Tate Britain on chairs through a comparison with the work of Rachel Harrison. Exploring both artist’s engagement with images of masculine violence, the paper inquires how psychoanalytic accounts of creativity and the analytic setting might inform an understanding of the ways in which these images are reshaped into something like critique, something like analysis.
This paper utilises a wall text included in the Sarah Lucas exhibition at Tate Britain as a starting point to consider the intersections between perversion, spectacle, and the commodity form within the expanded field of the ‘multi-discipline’: “Reasons for making a penis: appropriation, because I don’t have one; voodoo; economics; totemism; they’re a convenient size for the lap; fetishism; compact power; gents; gnomes; because you don’t see them on display much; for religious reasons having to do with the spark.”
Image: Sarah Lucas HAPPY GAS Installation View at Tate Britain 2023. © Sarah Lucas. Photo © Tate (Lucy Green).