Anna Goodchild is an artist originally from Rome, Italy, but currently based in South Devon, UK. She expresses herself in photographs, videos, dye paintings and poetry.
Having spent her entire carer teaching modern European Languages, and having enjoyed all that she was exposed to through that, she went into creative environment that a photography degree afforded her; photographing people, history and the natural world around her. Anna lives the Photography as an experience of seeing the unseen, reflecting an insatiable desire to explore the new worlds.
My approach to my work is experimental, drawing inspiration from many different sources, and is guided by New Materialisms theories, because I realise that the relationship of people to all that is around us, be it material or digital, has to change.
My exploration takes the form of video, stills, dye paintings and cyanotypes. At the top of my list at the moment is to explore underwater plant, animal life and sounds to express my self through that. To test my photography, I see underwater deconstructed, whatever that may mean. Aspects of Littoral art fascinate me.
My interpretation of frontier spoke to the limits that prejudice, ignorance and fear impose on our thoughts and expression, and I questioned if growing older strengthened those limits or reduced them. My curiosity in relation to how prejudice informs our relationships to our environment and our fellow beings is reflected in the movement implied in my images.
Born in Rome, Italy a long time ago.
Lives and works in South Devon, UK
2020 | Photography, OCA, University of Creative Arts, UK
2004 | Master of Arts (MA)History of 20th C Art Architecture & Design, University of Falmouth, UK
1980 | Degree courses in Italian and English Literature, University of South Africa, South Africa
1971 | BA in History and French at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa
2019 | One Year, Devonport Guild Hall, Plymouth, UK
2018 | OXO Tower Gallery, group exhibition, London, UK
2018 | The Gallery Space, Group Exhibition, Bristol, UK
2017 | Wellington Brickworks Gallery, Wellington, UK
2020 | Finalist in the Association of Photographers Student Awards for the work One Year.
2020 | Awarded a First Class BA Honours degree in photography from the UCA, University of Creative Arts, UK
Exhibitions, Together Apart
#3 | FRONTIER: results
Artists in dialogue
Frontiers as geopolitical frontiers, as cultural, biopolitical; frontiers as limits and as separations within the artistic disciplines, frontiers as hegemonic considerations of our bodies and identities…were some of the approaches on FRONTIER general theme in the Together Apart Program #3 session.
Through 4 encounters we collectively and individually created ideas and artworks which explored a non-binary approach of the topic. The participant artists also had the possibility to dialogue with Kristina Borg and Liz Ingram & Bernd Hildebrant, international artists and former ´ace artists-in-residence, invited to present their contributions and explorations in relation to the topic. For this session we also gave priority to moments of peer review or collective feedback and to open discussions which drifted through issues of art and therapy, art and research, participatory art, the complexity of artistic collaboration and how collective practice appears to be a right to claim even more in moments of isolation.
Through different theoretical readings and artistic references, and through the proposals of each of the participant artists, we identified the importance of liminal states, the non-binary, we assumed the difficulty of inhabiting the in-between but also recognized that art practice is what allows us to live in ambiguous states and to constantly raise questions. We also explored other practices as breathing techniques, meditation and knowledge and skills sharing as methods to break through discriminative or isolating frontiers.
Using poetry, film, online performances, video art and the creation of a network for artists through the method of “participatory asset mapping”, the artists from this cohort created in search of commonalities in their migrant’s everyday experiences, resonances among the natural conditions of the places they live in, the links among their identities and psychological researches and in search of practical collaborations to continue working in the future.
DANIELA RUIZ MORENO | curator-in-residence