Vanessa Godden is a queer Indo-Trinidadian and Euro-Canadian artist and academic based in Toronto, Canada. Vanessa has a PhD from the Victorian College of the Arts (qualified in 2019 and conferred in 2020), supported through the Melbourne International Research Scholarship and Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship. They received their MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2014) and BFA from the University of Houston (2012). Their artistic practice uses performative gestures to explore how personal histories of sexual assault, cultural heritage, and the body in relation to geographic space can be conveyed through material engagements with the body.
Pronouns: she, her, hers and they, them, theirs
Homepage image: 'Bite Your Tongue', 40 min live performance, curry powder, chilli powder, eggshells with personal journal entries written on them, pomegranates, saliva, 2019, photograph by Kelvin Lau.