scotomization

scotomization

[‚skäd·ə·mə′zā·shən]
(psychology)
In psychoanalytic theory, the mind's ability to erase a traumatic or overwhelming experience.
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One result is the 'political scotomization' (Wacquant 2009) of punitive enclosures targeting unruly difference and the political hypervisibility of authorized alterity.
Perhaps an even more suggestive figure for Triptyque's narrative gap is the concept that preceded forclusion in Lacan's thinking: scotomization. Scotomization, a term borrowed by Charcot from ophthalmology in the 1880's, technically refers to "a retinal lesion producing a visual blindspot" (Jay, 353-354).
It is this double action--the suppression by light of a retinal section, followed by a self-generating image--that allows for my analogy of the structure of Triptyque to Lacan's notion of scotomization. The "generative lacuna" of the little girl's drowning is in some way already inscribed in the physiology of the eye.
But the term scotomization, while more apposite than forclusion, has its own limitations.
MC: A painting of quality is a picture that uses abuse, embellishment, degradation, and decoration to generate complex visual malapropisms out of erasure, cancellation, acts of outright destruction of the surface of the picture, the scotomization of vision, unabashed scenarios of seductive plasticity, patterning, and color, or outright displays of incompetence--intended and otherwise.