Born in Brussels in 1958, Goethals received her B.F.A with honors from the Ecole Atelier 75 in Brussels. She then came to the United States in 1981 to further her education at the Otis Parson Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Goethals has worked in encaustic as her signature medium for the past fifteen years.
However, it was the vastness; the quality of light of the New Mexico landscape that captured her attention. She relocated and has since been developing her mature painting style, focusing on painting as a space of exploration.
Expressive and minimal, Goethals' works consist of multiple layers of encaustic, pigments, and script-like marks that are reworked and partially erased, leaving hints and remains under translucent layers.
In this show, her work is constructed of dichotomies and speaks of application and erasure, motion and stillness, randomness and design. The results are vast, glowing; luminous surfaces.
Over the last decade Goethals began emptying her sensuous surfaces from anything narrative, descriptive, or anecdotal aiming for clarity of thought and continuing a dialogue with the fundamentality of light and space.
"These paintings, with their distilled, vulnerable, and subtle surfaces, remind us to stop and pay attention. Luring the viewer into a space of contemplation, the works attempt to bridge the personal and universal, the expressive and the minimal. The internalized landscape is reduced to its minimal resonance: the sound of the wind, the dust on a windshield, and the further abstracted notion of nature."