Vanessa Godden: Embodying Entanglement

19 February – 22 February 2019

Vanessa Godden, Churile, sound design by Thembi Soddell using sounds sampled from Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (voice) and Jim Denley (flute), hair and saliva, 3 min 49 sec, video loop, 2016
Vanessa Godden, Churile, sound design by Thembi Soddell using sounds sampled from Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (voice) and Jim Denley (flute), hair and saliva, 3 min 49 sec, video loop, 2016

Embodying Entanglement is a solo exhibition showcasing works from Vanessa Godden’s practice-led PhD project. The artworks in this exhibition depict how material engagements with the body narrate personal histories of sexual assault and racism. It presents embodied trauma as processual, wherein videos, handmade books, and live performances depict various organic materials—such as curry, flour, chilli, pomegranate, eggshells, and hair—cyclically filtered through the body. From table manners gone awry to items evocative of childhood nostalgia (a flip book and private diary) the performative artworks in Embodying Entanglement allude to the deeply personal ways in which Godden’s trauma is embodied.

This exhibition comprises part of the VCA School of Art PhD Program.

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Vanessa Godden

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