Artist’s Bio

Matt Godden is an Australian artist with a wide-ranging practice covering sculpture, photography and graphic novels.

He explores various ideas through these different mediums. In sculpture, his work is primarily concerned with concepts of restriction and the enablement it provides, and the material beauty of obsolete discarded technology, especially when used in an organic context. His photographic work has varied from the visceral and personal of his medically-themed Nervous Spaces project, through to a long-term obsession with uncovering the unseeable geometry of urban landscapes, as revealed in panoramic imagery. In graphic novels, Matt takes advantage of the opportunity to combine unambiguous narrative with imagery, exploring ideas about technology, society and the possibilities of a post-biological human future in Surfing The Deathline, and the experience of the artist in the autobiographical work The Metaning.

Matt has a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture from the National Art School, where he was awarded the Sydney Olympic Park Sculpture Residency, and is a past recipient of the Australia Council’s ArtStart Grant.

His background is in design, mac-geekery, and education – including teaching at the Art Gallery of NSW as a part of the 2007 Osamu Tezuka exhibition.

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Artist’s CV

Exhibitions:

2018

  • Rent, Cremorne Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane. Feature sculpture – “The Christmas Tree”.

2016

  • Lamkin Lane Live, Caloundra. Retrospective of older small sculptural works.

2015

  • The Metaning, Solo show, Carlton Project Space, Chippendale Creative Precinct.
  • Epic Diem, Popculture Expo Sunshine Coast.

2014

  • 2014 University of Western Sydney Sculpture Award & Exhibition.

2013

  • PhotoStart, Australian Centre for Photography
  • Marrickville Urban Photography Competition

2012

  • 2012 University of Western Sydney Sculpture Award & Exhibition.

2011

  • National Art School Graduation Show, Group Show.
  • We Love Art, Group show fundraiser for St Vincent’s Hospital Xavier Artspace.

2010

  • Nervous Spaces, Solo show, Xavier Artspace St Vincent’s Hospital (Photography)
  • Heavy Metal, Group show, Library Stairwell Gallery National Art School (Bronze Casting)

2009

  • Supanova Popculture Expo, Sydney (Graphic Novels & Digital Prints)

2007

  • Supanova Popculture Expo, Brisbane (Graphic Novels & Digital Prints)
  • Sydney Writer’s Festival Zine Fair (Graphic Novels & Digital Prints)
  • Supanova Popculture Expo, Sydney (Graphic Novels & Digital Prints)

2006

  • Supanova Popculture Expo, Sydney (Graphic Novels & Digital Prints)

Collections:

St Vincent’s Hospital

St Vincent’s Private Clinic

Various private collections

Awards:

2013: The Australia Council ArtStart Grant

2011: National Art School Sydney Olympic Park Sculpture Residency

2009: National Art School Second Year Art History & Theory Prize

2007: Ledger Awards (peer-reviewed Australian sequential art awards) for work published in 2006. Finalist for:

  • Australian title of the year
  • Writer of the year
  • Single issue or story of the year
  • Production design of the year
  • Artist of the year.

2002: TAFE Sydney Institute Cultural Diversity & Harmony Digital Arts & Media Prize

Residencies:

2019: Artist In Residence, Noosa Library Makerspace.

2018: Artist In Residence, Cooroy Library Makerspace.

2012: The Armoury, Sydney Olympic Park.

Education:

2013:

  • Lighting Intensive – Australian Centre for Photography.
  • Camera Craft II – Australian Centre for Photography.
  • Sketchup Advanced – PROCAD.
  • Sketchup Essentials – PROCAD.

2012: Bachelor of Fine Art – National Art School

2003: Certificate IV Workplace Training & Assessment – Pivotal (Aust) Pty Ltd

2002: Certificate IV Digital Arts & Media with Distinction – Design Centre Enmore (TAFE)

1995: N.E.I.S Small Business Management – The Centre for Wholesale & Retail Training

1992: HSC – A school I’m not going to give credit to.