Publication: The Daily Trojan
Much of Graham Goddard’s work is a tribute to his native Trinidad.
While chatting at Starbucks on Hoover Street and Jefferson Boulevard, Graham Goddard, a fifth-year student majoring in fine arts, excitedly displays one of his latest masterpieces, “As We Arrive and Depart, Our Legacy Shall Ascend.”
The painting depicts a bright coral scarlet ibis, the state bird of Trinidad, where Goddard was born, entering from the left into a deep green forest amid a waterfall – a picture of peace and tranquility.
But looking closer, a secret is revealed – the scarlet ibis isn’t the only thing on the canvas. Hidden among the trees and waterfall, there are three almost invisible ghosts, while the shrubs hide hundreds of others.
Goddard then rotates the painting upside down. Suddenly, the bird and its ghosts, wings now turned down, fly out of the tranquil forest.
“Forty years ago the sky in the forest was all red, but the birds are now dwindling, and they’ve been migrating to Venezuela,” Goddard, who visits the forest when he travels to the Port of Spain, his home until the age of 7, said. Continue reading “A Tilt on the Human Condition”