Born in Shropshire, Goddard has lived and worked in London since 1980.
Initially working with 16mm film installation and stills, Goddard began making videos in 1982. Since then her installation and single screen works have been shown world-wide, galleries have included - The Serpentine, Tate Britain, MOMA Oxford, Tate Liverpool, John Hansard, Kettle's Yard, Centre Georges Pompidou etc.
Associated with the second wave of video art in the UK, Goddard developed a rich visual style seen in works such as The Garden of Earthly Delights (1991) a video triptych that offers a fragmented, dystopian view of life in the 1990s in the spirit of Hieronymus Bosch.
She studied at University of Reading and the Royal College of Art and has taught at art schools including - Goldsmiths, The Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, and at The Slade School of Fine Art, London where she currently teaches part-time.
Goddard still works with a range of mediums. She is interested in the ecstatic and the tragic, and has suggested that her work is a reflection of the paradox presented by 'overliving'.
The work revels in the pictorial and uses the combination of sound and image to challenge the viewer's perception conceptually and visually.
Goddard's works have been shown in the South London Gallery, Tate Britain (London), Espace Landowski (Paris) and video Fest (Maastricht), among many other platforms.