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David Godbold

Kerlin Gallery

ENGLISH-BORN BUT A LONGTIME IRISH RESIDENT, David Godbold has also spent considerable stretches in Australia and the United States, making his own idiosyncratic contributions to ongoing debates on the legacy of European colonialism. Godbold's trademark scatter-hung groupings of framed, text-laden sketches and large-scale wall drawings carry fragmentary scenes from inscrutable narratives of violent conflict, heroic oratory, victimhood, martyrdom, and death. For his eccentric commentaries on the fractured and fractious nature of history and identity he has mobilized a cast of characters that includes Andrew Jackson, George Custer, Montezuma, and sundry personages from the history of Irish nationalism, as well as the artist's own briefly adopted pseudonym Abel Badheart. The pictorial component of his work is stitched together from a bewildering array of sources, with an emphasis on popular

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