ABSTRACT

The Devil's Playground is also the first work of Goldin's to include a number of images of maternity and portraits of small children. Goldin has long found kinship with trans and non-binary people, as part of a larger queer family since her teens. Jacqueline Rose looking at the idealization and scapegoating of mothers, focuses in on maternal subjectivity and desire. Preciado speaks about Oedipus and reckons with the ways in which children have been victims of a patriarchal lure, where the violence of the Name of the Father, and the abuse of children have been denied. The uniqueness of Goldin's work comes in the way it crosses between these different states and emotions, the amniotic, unconsciousness, ecstasy, and encompasses, while keeping free, wild, and pure, eroticism, love, and family intimacy. The repeating images, the returns to the bath, give an impression that her projects chart one long childhood over a number of years.