Lucy Færy

Psychoanalysis - a Grotesque


The practice of psychoanalysis and its historical origins have always fascinated me. In the centuries of colonization, it seemed like mankind's habit of conquering and mapping new lands has extended to a much wider unexplored territory: the obscure and mysterious universe of the human mind. The belief that every person's action was determined by something hidden under the surface of his psyche, called "unconscious", in a constant attempt to repress it, made the people acknowledge that they didn't have real control over themselves, and created the need of a professional, emotionally detached help: the intervention of a doctor whose task was to turn the patient into someone who could conform to an universal model of conduct. New psycho-geographies and a whole new dictionary have been coined since then to describe people's behaviour; along with definitions, though, always comes confinements, which in turn inevitably lead to divisions.

It is both the concept of fracture and the disturbing implications of psychoanalysis that have inspired the creation of this image.


Sketches made after a visit to London's Bethlem Museum of the Mind: a phrenology bust and a straitjacket.

Below, the "Arc de Cercle"(circular arc), a pose connected with female's hysteria crisis, from a late 19th Century medical treatise.




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