For the 2010 update of the Who am I? gallery Dryden Goodwin created three new works, Caul 8, Cradle Head 4 and Synapse, installed in a case including brain scanning technology. Goodwin makes portraits of strangers he sees in passing on the street and public transport, and uses drawing, photography and film to attempt to discover insights into these strangers. He sees relationships between the way he uses drawing as an act of speculation and exploration and scientists’ uses of instruments to try and understand the human brain.
As well as responding to physical appearance, Goodwin’s drawn marks seem to make visible the unseen aspects of the individuals he draws, suggesting a sense of mystery and the unknowable. In turn, through these richly detailed portraits, as viewers we arrive at our own conclusions about his subjects, their thoughts and feelings. Seeing them reminds us of the mysteries inherent in being human, which we may never completely unravel. We find ourselves asking questions about whether science or art gives us a truer picture, or whether they just reveal different things.