Professor to chase monsoon

Linda Adele Goodine won a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship that will allow her to chase a monsoon during two lengthy residencies in India. 


Goodine, who serves as the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor at the School of Art and Design, will explore water scarcity, food systems and river confluences during two three-month tours of the country, then share her findings through her art.


She was motivated to research a monsoon by her students during a 2014 residency in Pune, India. “The anticipation of the monsoon is gigantic. It’s a spiritual, cultural and economic experience for Indians,” she explained. Her trip ended before the monsoon arrived. “I want to return to articulate something that is hard to articulate, through images, film and sound,” she said.


Goodine will use the Yamuna River as a backdrop to study river confluences. She’ll capture large-scale (4-feet by 5-feet) photographs, tandem sound recordings from both above and below the water and collect pollution data to frame conversations about water quality.


A veteran of international projects, Goodine created a series of images called “The Gibson Lemon” during a residency on a family farm in  New Zealand. The body of work considers the manipulation of nature for display and consumption. 


In 2015 she completed her “Beeline Highway Series” after she explored the balance between agriculture, commerce and conservation in a Gulf of Mexico-Everglades-Atlantic Ocean transect of Florida.


Locally, Goodine has adopted Farmville, NC, as her hometown, where she is engaged in public art.


In April 2016, Goodine, painting professor Beth Blake and students in Blake’s Digital Painting class, installed a pig-and-flower mural on the exterior of the iconic Jack Cobb and Son BBQ. Blake’s students adorned an additional building with a marble-themed mural in April.


Goodine’s Public Art class developed a treasure hunt tied to the history of Farmville, coinciding with the town’s 2017 Dogwood Festival. Participants used student-created clues, related to Farmville history, to locate a 14-kt gold nail. 


She’s branded a hexagon-shaped display window at Woodside Antiques on Main Street as “the WonderBox.” The space features monthly interactive student art installations. Also in the Wonderbox, Goodine and her students launched the “Dinner for Two” series, in which a graduate student is paired with a community member for an elaborate meal and curated conversation. “We wanted to make a visible statement through an intimate connection,” Goodine explained. Students record the dinner conversation for use as soundscapes, Goodine explained. “They are particularly interested in topics concerning social issues and race.”


In her Fulbright application, Goodine wrote that she sustains dialogue across disciplines and generations and seeks social justice and equality through education and collaboration. If her work in Farmville is evidence, there is no doubt she will continue exposing others to beauty and truth while she also chases a monsoon in India.