Joshua Goode ~ California

 
   

Joshua Goode: "My work predominantly deals with my disabled sister, Sara. Sara is 2 years younger than I and has epilepsy, autism, scoliosis, and an unidentified degenerative brain disease— The latter has been the source of most of her problems. Throughout her life she has been in and out of hospitals all over the country in attempts to cure her or at least ease her suffering.

"Growing up she experienced frequent severe seizures and was far behind her age developmentally. But she was a fairly normal little girl, able to run and play. She was a beautiful child who appeared healthy at first glance. Her peak of development was when she was around 8.

"Soon she declined sharply. She reverted to the developmental level of a 1 or 2 month-old baby. She stopped eating. A tube was put in her stomach. She stopped talking. She stopped walking and became bed ridden. Her muscles and tendons atrophied. My parents and I began to give her 24-hour care, and she was never without one of the three of us.

"When she was 9 we were told she would die any day. Grave and funeral attire were purchased. She is currently 27 and my parents still give her 24-hour round-the-clock care.

"My work is about watching the intense suffering of Sara’s body, about the sacrifices my family has made but also the positive impact Sara has had on us. It is also about the guilt of no longer being able to help as I did when I lived with my family and of being healthy myself. And I now see Sara reflected in my 3-year-old daughter, a spitting image of my sister at that age yet already more advanced and taking up a larger place in my heart. The contrast between the two is becoming more apparent in the work.

"In some ways I have been watching and waiting for my sister to die for the majority of my life. In my work I present this experience of waiting for death. The Egyptians and Mycenaeans built tombs that were homes for the dead, places familiar and comforting. I interweave mythologies from cultures that created such living monuments for the deceased, recreations of their home in life for their home in death. I re-vision my childhood as a place of life for Sara and my family and reinterpret it as tombs. I create these tombs using objects from our life together, transforming them into relics. I also create new figures and symbols to become stand-ins for Sara and my family and to enable me to tell my story, my mythology."

   

Monstruos
By oshua Goode
Richardson, Texas: Joshua Goode, 2010. Edition of 10.

3.5 x 4.25"; 12 pages. 12 etchings. Gold leaf, ink, sinew. Bound in painted wraps with title hand printed on front.

Joshua Goode: "It is copied from Goya's The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, it is the way it is written in the print. I feel it appropriate for the little book of monsters, the monsters are more real to me, dealing with issues with my sister, in the beginning of the book then I mutate them into less threatening imaginary ones as the book continues."
$350

 


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Urshanabi
By Joshua Goode
Richardson, Texas: Joshua Goode, 2010. Edition of 10.

4.5 x 5.5"; 14 pages. 14 etchings. Hand coloring, paper, ink, acrylic, sinew. Bound in painted wraps with sewn binding.

Joshua Goode: "He is the boatman from Gilgamesh. He takes Gilgamesh across the sacred river. In my mind he is the first boatman of the river of the dead, setting the example for Charon from the Greek and of course similar myths of Egypt and Viking lore. My dad kayaks and created a kayak that he could safely take my sister with him on the water. This was great inspiration for a book dealing with a boatman taking my sister to the land of the dead. Which land in my work is her home, our home when we were young. Borrowing again from the Egyptians and Mycenaeans among others."
$700

 

 


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Album
By Joshua Goode
Richardson, Texas: Joshua Goode, 2009. Edition of 10.

5.75 x 4.5"; 16 pages with 16 etchings. Hand coloring, canvas, gold leaf, hair, sinew. Bound in painted wraps with sewn binding.

Joshua Goode: "This is a more straight forward book that acts more like a photo album for me. I reinterpret images from my sister's youth. In two of the images she is wearing a helmet, one full, one half, these were meant to protect her when she was having 'drop seizures' and could fall randomly at any moment, many times a day. One helmet was very bizarre and meant to protect her whole face from damage as well as head. But it was so hot that when she wanted to play and you put it on her she would not longer want to play, take it off and then she would want to play...a vicious cycle. But an odd image of her that has frequented my work."
$900


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What the Thunder Said
By Joshua Goode
Richardson, Texas: Joshua Goode, 2009. Edition of 10.

5.75 x 4.5"; 16 pages. 11 etchings. Hand coloring, paper, ink, acrylic, sinew. Bound in painted wraps with sewn binding.

Joshua Goode: "The text is reinterpreted bits of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, specifically from the part entitled "What the Thunder Said." It pairs images of my daughter and sister together as well as my parents. But focuses on my daughter and sister. Comparing their places within my heart and the similarities of the two. Also how my daughter is slowly gaining precedence over my sister in my heart. But my daughter's similarity to my sister at that age also ignites old memories of childhood and I think of my sister silently suffering in a decaying body."
$700

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