In Good Faith at St Mary Abbot’s church
was the second year of exhibiting during interfaith week. Thank you to everyone who made it possible and who came. Newest work included paintings on Tibetan prayer flags.
Following the successful exhibition It’s Better When We Listen, I’ve been honoured by the invitation to join the selection panel for the Hostry Selection Committee.
It's Better When We Listen, an exciting solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints.
at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, from Feb 20th - Mar 11th 2018. Lots of new paintings about empathy for diverse religions through still lives of religious souvenirs.
Juliet Goodden is a painter who is exploring the sacred landscape of the UK. Her ambition is to familiarise herself and others with contemporary religious life.
Not the lofty, distant, even divisive worlds of the past, but the people and ideas that rub shoulders in the high streets of Harrow, Birmingham, Derby . . . and now Norwich.
Akin to an anthropologist she works in situ - recording what she sees, what is going on inside a mosque, a temple or a church - sitting at the back, or in the first pew, drawing board on lap. Outdoors she can paint from the shelter of her car - whose interior and mirrors play their part in her compositions. Goodden emphatically draws and paints from life.
As an artist she processes the experience into visual form, sometimes merging the view, so that the exterior of a church from one day’s painting in Derby, will be joined by reflections of worshippers leaving their mosque, on another, in the car’s rearview mirror. Her painting Kedleston Road from a Derby series, won a place at the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize 2016 in Liverpool.
In her latest show - It’s Better When We Listen - at Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Goodden’s paintings and drawings take a new turn, though still in the same territory.
This body of work focuses on the personal, domestic scale of religious objects, from the celebrated and iconic to the cheap, almost tacky souvenirs of different faiths that can equally connect and return the owner to a spiritual step, a pilgrimage, a special service, a moment of truth; or simply a happy time with family which takes on more significance later.
The paintings, in oil on sari fabric that Goodden finds in charity shops, place small religious sculptures and ritual paraphenalia in surprising conversation with each other. Norwich Cathedral also appears in several of the works, like a dream arising from a brilliant field of green silk sari, or tie-dyed purple, in the company of a Muslim incantation, Hannukah candles or a sacred heart necklace.
Goodden is also showing her collection of religious souvenirs, from which the paintings were created. There are small stone cows from India, a statue of Buddha from the Norwich Buddhist Centre, a snow globe of Norwich Cathedral and Native American Kachina dolls, among others.
The exhibition's title, Goodden says, occurred to her after attending services in many different places of worship and hearing extremely similar prayers and advice. “Rather than make assumptions about each other, we gain a better understanding when we listen to each other.”
Housewarming is the first exhibition at new Acava studios in the old Winsor and Newton building in Harrow and Wealdstone. 14 artists including me.
PV 28th Nov 2017 6 - 9 all welcome and on until December 6th.
Interfaith Week at the beautiful Derby Multi Faith Centre at Derby University
13th Nov 2017 showing 12 paintings of diverse prayer spaces in Derby.
The Talking Lamp I have paintings in this exciting exhibition, curated by Laurence Owen
at Kennington Residency, 243-245 Kennington Lane SE11 5QU
PV Oct 21st 2016 6pm - late
Otherwise by appointment until 30th October