The Studio is a unique and exciting work, referencing Freud and other psychoanalytic heavy-weights to examine a difficult past – loss, trauma and the complexities of life are addressed and explored. Each chapter takes a painting as its focus, holding it up to the light as the author’s engagement with each work is interwoven with memoir and her thoughts on the psychoanalytic processes which inform her life.
“Gill Gregory’s poetic memoir maps the struggle to be free from a paralysing past by way of an explanation of paintings and psychoanalysis. The Studio breaks the mould of autobiographical writing like Marion Milner’s On Not Being Able To Paint, and tells a story that is at once lyrical and scholarly, emotionally gripping and historically intriguing – moving above all. This is an outstandingly gifted and rare book.” (Isobel Armstrong, Professor Emeritus at Birkbeck College, University of London)
‘Accompanied by illuminating quotes from volumes of Freud bequeathed by her father, and beautiful reproductions of works of art bequeathed to the Tate by her uncle, Gregory’s account details the impact on her and her family of her older brother’s epilepsy and early death. The result is one of the most moving books I have come across in a long time.’ Professor Janet Sayers in Times Higher Education, March 2016