VANESSA GODDEN

I was born in Ottawa, Canada and currently reside in Melbourne, Australia. I received my BFA from the University of Houston, my MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and am working on my PhD in visual art at the Victorian College of the Arts.

My studio practice draws from and combines a variety of mediums including performance, video installation, sound installation, photography, and stop motion animation. The use of combined media offers a blending of time and space in an effort to record cyclical rituals and alters to the past, an unveiling of hidden layers of the mind. My narrative is built on an image of myself constructed from memories, records with no visual markers. Using the language of combined media I construct something tangible out of the intangible. This process is an act of resolve, propelled by a desire for stability and an expanded vision of self. Persistent and recurring imagery and themes include oral telling, inversion, the body, prognostication, trauma, and lineage, are enmeshed with a deep personal need to find a voice for something inside me that desperately wanted to speak but was somehow unable to.