101 Black ink drawings, 29.7cm x 21cm
From Ape to Adam to Apocalypse began in 2009 when Goddard started to research and collect newspaper cuttings from each year between 1898 and 1999. Employing the principles of the golden section – used by artist and architects since the Renaissance to give the correct proportions to their work, and widely thought to provide the most aesthetically pleasing image – the series consists of 101, A4 ink drawings.
The black ink on white paper is vital in referencing not only newspaper print but also in emphasising the contrast between fact and fiction, knowledge and ignorance – testing our memories; questioning what we believe to be true.
In this monochrome world Goddard pays homage to Wikipedia creating constellations of images with each year; becoming time traveller as he passes through the invention of Prozac and the Kennedy assassination to the first Simpsons cartoon via a battle with Godzilla. Suggesting that the 20th Century has included our worst nightmares and greatest dreams.