Making a good impression
Artist wants to prove he’s worth it
JEREMY “Vos” Godden is just like any other artist trying to prove himself.
But for the 20-year-old Murwillumbah man, life hasn’t always been easy as he’s learned to overcome the stigma of living with a disability.
Mr Godden was diagnosed with Jacobsen Syndrome, autism, low IQ, vision impairment and a speech impediment at a young age.
Now, Mr Godden is determined to show the world he’s got what it takes to be an artist by showcasing his painting skills at an art exhibition.
“He’s probably heard his whole life that he can’t do certain things,” Mr Godden’s great-aunt Dorina Godden said.
“But through his art and expression we’ve overcome those boundaries placed upon us.
“By doing this art exhibition, it will allow others to take him seriously.”
Ms Godden said her grand-nephew would also be
By doing this exhibition, it will allow others to take him seriously.
— Dorina Godden
launching a book they hope would show children with learning or mental disabilities that they could achieve their dreams.
“Jeremy wishes to be able to go into schools to help others by hearing his story and turning their lives around by finding themselves through art or sport,” Ms Godden said.
Mr Godden’s uncle, Luke Double, will also be showcasing his artwork at the exhibition to support his nephew.
“Art is my outlet, just like it is for Jeremy,” Mr Double said.
OVERCOMING BOUNDARIES: Jeremy Godden and his uncle Luke Double are putting on an arts show showcasing Mr Godden’s talent.