Heather Goodchild is the AGO's fourth Artist-in-Residence. Throughout her residency Goodchild will conduct a multi-faceted project entitled Made it Then, Make it Again, in the AGO's new Weston Family Learning Centre. Developing a romaticisized vision of manufacuring processes, Goodchild will explore how communal assembly line labour has evolved over the past century, and how the idea of “work” in general contributes to personal and social well being.
A major component to Made it Then, Make it Again is Goodchild's two-month installation of Uniform Factory in the AGO’s Community Gallery from July – August 2012. The artist will transform the gallery space into a fully functioning uniform factory and will work in this space to train volunteers how to cut patterns and fabricate the uniforms she has designed to be part of this project. Volunteers working throughout the two months include garment professionals and the AGO Youth Council.
Goodchild's residency will culminate in a related 12-hour performance on September 29th for Nuit Blanche.
About the Artist
Heather Goodchild has exhibited across North America since 2002. Her recent solo exhibitions include Walking the Pattern, presented at Mulherin Pollard Projects (New York, NY) in 2011 and The Wardens, presented at Hamilton Artitsts Inc in 2012. Goodchild will be exhibiting in Berlin, Germany this September at Sur la Montagne.
Goodchild's practice involves exploring the rituals, regalia and symbols of world religions, Girl Guides and Freemasonry in an attempt to understand the purpose of these traditions. Using textile techniques such as rug-hooking, inlaid patchwork, screen printing and quilting, she has developed new ways to execute old crafts, creating pieces that seem to exist both in the past and present.
Heather Goodchild, in collaboration with Naomi Yasui, runs the online project The Wardens Today.