Photo: Ann Goddard in Chester, North West

Ann Goddard

Artist, Maker

My practice explores the crossover between the Fine Art and Fine Craft disciplines of sculpture and textiles. Working across these boundaries I make mixed media constructions, assemblages and small installations comprising multiple units. Rather than direct representation, I aim to utilise the provenance and intrinsic qualities of materials, to evoke associations and carry the essence of ideas.

Working methods begin with thorough research followed by experimental sampling. Ideas are explored by working directly with materials. Techniques and processes vary as they are informed by my research. My preferred method of working is construction; building up forms by assembling separately prepared units. Textile elements such as felted fibres, fabric and stitch are frequently juxtaposed with concrete, wood, metal or natural materials.

Investigation into the marginalisation of textile practice led to questioning the role and function of boundaries. The resulting body of work references a variety of boundaries including those between art and craft, between genres, between men and women's work, and those in the landscape. Current work reflects my concern for the environment, in particular the impact of human activity on nature. My main interest is the threat to biodiversity. Focus is on the small, overlooked life forms that are in danger of extinction due to the destruction of their habitats. The pieces allude to the vulnerability and fragility of nature. A consequence of this work has been the development of small format artworks that explore the possibilities of concentrating ideas into a miniature size.

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Location Chester, North West
Activities Practice-based research
Artforms / type of project Environment, Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Textiles

News & Events

  • Invito a Tavola - 2015 Miniartextil Como

    09/05/2015 – 21/06/2015
    Venues in Como, Cernabbio, Tremezzo, Bellagio, Varenna & Milan.

    International exhibition of 54 miniature textile works. Initially showing in the Como region of Italy. Touring to Montrouge-Paris, Caudry & Venice during 2015/2016.

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  • 'Invoking Wonder'; a one day seminar

    02/05/2015
    Gallery 2, Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud, GL5 4AF

    Speakers: Kerry Jameson, Ann Goddard, Sumi Perera, Susie Gillespie Chair: Andy Christian 10am-4pm Fee £45/£40 concessions, includes Gallery Walk & tea/coffee Tickets from SITselect end Feb

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  • Select Spring Festival; 'Power of Ten' curated by Andy Christian

    02/05/2015 – 25/05/2015
    Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud, GL5 4AF

    An exhibition of work which may provoke a sense of disquiet. Weekdays 10am - 5pm, Sat & Sun 1am - 5pm, closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. Free admission Free Festival Brochure available

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  • 'The State of Art - Sculpture & 3D #2' art book

    Ann Goddard's work has been selected to be featured in 'The State of Art - Sculpture & 3D #2' art book, published by Bare Hill Publishing. The book will be available later this year.