Lyn Godley began her career working with Light in Fine Arts. Since then her work has crossed the borders of interiors, product, furniture, lighting, and jewelry. Her designs, done both individually and as partner of Godley-Schwan (1984-1998) have been exhibited internationally. The Crinkle Lamp, the last piece designed jointly by Godley-Schwan, was accepted into the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1998. Her work is in numerous museum and private collections.
In 1998, after the closing of Godley-Schwan, Godley returned to Fine Art with a focus on merging light and art. As a light artist, her work explores the relationship between art and technology, but more importantly the impact on the viewer. From highly detailed pixels of light embedded into drawings, to programmed LEDs that create animated images that mesmerize, to large scale public art installations; she explores the merging of art and lighting and the experience it provokes. She creates layered environments that play with themes of interactive observation, movement and user-behavior.
She is interested in how the integration of light in artwork can create a deeper conversation by affecting the environment and ultimately the user. Research into visual as well as nonvisual effects of light and imagery, is leading to trials on the potential use of light art in healthcare.
This process is grounded in Godley’s love of making, which is driven by the tactile quality enjoyed through her manipulation of materials. Although technology plays an important role in Godley’s work, she continues to combine that with traditional artistic medium; watercolor, pastel, charcoal, etc. Her sensibilities result in delicate adjustment of medium and materials in response to light as it travels through or is reflected off of their surfaces. This work is made through the animation of LEDs, not computer programs. This grounding in material studies, extended into electronics and circuitry, is further enriched through her research into the psychological and physiological effects that imagery, light and color have on the viewers. Her work is the result of these ongoing investigations, provoking questions regarding how the merger of light and materials might be used to speak to us, to mesmerizes, to excite, to calm, and heal.
In addition to her studio work, she is a fulltime Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Jefferson – Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University. There, Godley is developing a Cross-Disciplinary concentration in Lighting Design with a focus on Light as Experience. She has spoken on the topics of Light and Health, and Cross-Disciplinary Lighting Design Education at both National and International conferences, and is the Principal Investigator on a 3-year EU Erasmus funded grant, ‘Light4Health’, together with five other international universities to develop open-source curriculum on the effects of light on health.