Nicola Godden

Nicola spent much of her childhood in Kenya, Cyprus and Singapore where she experienced wonderful light, colour and a sense of freedom all of which have influenced her work.

Her work is nearly always based on the human figure and moves between abstraction and figuration relating to universal issues of the human condition.  Over the years her work has constantly evolved deriving inspiration from such varied sources as found objects of flint or bone, mythology and dream sequences.  She works directly in clay or plaster, believing drawing would remove the creative spontaneity of her work, before casting the pieces in bronze.

In recent years she has moved on from her more abstract pieces based on the human body to a preoccupation with flight and the figure of Icarus  – the mythical boy who flew with wings made by his father Daedalus to escape from King Minos.  The first version,’Icarus I’,three and half metres high was commissioned for the 2012 Olympic village.

The Icarus theme came to her while in Greece and at the same time she finally realised her life -long ambition and learnt to fly.  The sensation of flying, of soaring over the land has led to a huge burst of creativity in recent years.  She has currently made and cast 10 different versions of the Icarus figure, exploring the human form suspended in dynamic motion both rising and falling.  Nicola feels that her obsession with flight and the winged figure has still further to run.

Nicola studied art at the West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham and has executed numerous public and private commissions including for property companies like Berkeley Homes who, along with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), commissioned her to do the seven foot statue of the late Sir Peter Scott with two Bewick Swans for the wetlands centre at Barnes. Nicola has been a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors for over 20 years. Her work is widely sort after and is currently showing in the USA, Jersey and various galleries and art parks in the UK.

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