Judith Goddard

Dangerous Curves – contagion i

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Year 2020
Medium Graphite and charcoal on paper
Dimensions 21 x 29.7 cm
Nominated by Irene Bradbury

About the work

Dangerous Curves, is a series of drawings made during the UK lockdowns of the 2020 Global Pandemic. The drawings refer to the ubiquitous graphs, seen in the early stages of Covid 19, with names ascribed to their lines like ‘do nothing’ and ‘flatten the curve’. These names provide a taxonomy of titles for the work. The Dangerous Curves reflect the historic moment, employing a curve template to delineate lines of mortality, in graphite, charcoal, flesh and sanguine.

There are over a hundred drawings.

About the artist:

Born in Shropshire, Judith Goddard lives and works in London. Graduated from Reading University, BA Fine Art, and the Royal College of Art. M.A. Environmental Media.

Recognised from the 1980’s for her works with the moving image, Goddard’s practice has encompassed single channel video work, large-scale installation, sculpture, photography and drawing. Concerned with perception and the role it plays in our experience of the world, the work often uses a lens of sight and site; with drawing, Goddard considers the paper as site. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with installations at the Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Kettle’s Yard, Apeejay Gallery, New Delhi, and the Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai.

Selected Exhibitions and Screenings include We Melt Before it Forms, group exhibition, Britta Rettberg Gallery, Munich, (2021); This is Now, Lux and British Film Institute international touring programme (2018-21); From the Kitchen, group exhibition, Café Gallery, Southwark Park, London (2019); Visibility Matrix by G. Bryne and S. Anderson, group exhibition, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin and touring (2018-19); Through a Glass Darkly, British Film Institute touring programme (2016 -18); Essex Road V, window screening, Tintype Gallery, London (2017/18); How Far to Open Up, group exhibition, Forum Stadpark, Graz, Austria (2017); Contemporary Art Scotland, installation, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2016/17); Film and Video After Punk, screening programme, National Film Theatre, London (2015); Time a Hesitant Smile, screening programme, Hackney Picture House, London (2014); Terra Conductor, solo exhibition, Chandelier Projects, London (2014); Keywords: Art Culture and Society, 1980’s Britain, group exhibition, Tate, Liverpool (2014).

Awards include Inspirational Woman in the Arts, British Council in China (2018); Shortlisted for the Max Mara Women’s art Prize (2013); and awarded a Joanna Drew Travel Bursary, The Elephant Trust (2012).

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