Ann Goodfellow is a Ceramic Artist and Painter working in West Wales. Initial training in illustration provided her with drawing and painting skills which has always underpinned her artistic practice. Further study in ceramics has enabled Ann to transfer the sometimes vigorous and spontaneous mark making of drawing to the surfaces of her ceramic sculptures which are normally based on the female form. Regular life drawing sessions also inform her work and provide her with fresh inspiration. Ann is also interested in the effects of altering scale within her work and how it alters the perception of the viewer.
She regularly exhibits in Europe and has work in many collections in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Ann's explanation of her work:
"My current body of work explores notions of ‘presence’, and in particular my own existence in the world. Using my own body as the model and drawing through the sense of touch alone strange and unfamiliar figures began to emerge from the unconscious, spontaneous, and vigorous marks. A heightened awareness of the body led to a feeling of exaggerated scale such as the torso feeling large whilst the head appeared small. These sensations together with the rhythms, weight and tensions of the highly graphic surfaces give the figures a familiar yet unfamiliar appearance.
Underpinning this body of work are the phenomenological theories of Merleau-Ponty together with the writings of the German philosopher Heidegger, who linked the idea of ‘presence’ to time. Heidegger referred to this as being an infinite sequence of now points in our existence and wrote of the past, present and future existing alongside one another, as opposed to being separate realms in our consciousness. He referred to these as the ‘Three Ecstasies of Time’"