Lucas is fascinated by the paradoxically co-existing drives towards both sex and death described by Sigmund Freud in his book Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920). Is Suicide Genetic? is one of several works with the same title. Part of Lucas’s impetus in making these works is a realisation of the mixture of self-destructiveness and pleasure that habits such as smoking involve… In Is Suicide Genetic? the words inside the toilet bowl hint at more immediate and even violent forms of self-destruction than the slow, suffocating burn-out effects of smoking. However the issue is the same. In our media-fed culture which idealises happiness and good health as the norm, Lucas’s question stands out as a sharp reminder of the struggle with darker needs and desires which lead to so much physical, as well as psychological, self-destruction.