Charming hand-painted ceramic beads from Guatemala:
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Noelle was born in Reno, Nevada in 1984 and raised on the Reno Sparks Indian Colony. She is an enrolled member of the federally recognized Klamath Tribes. Her work is narrative; a form of story telling in which she often uses decaying family photos as reference. "These photos are so precious to me." she says. "The feeling of forgetting my family distresses me so I look to the photos for remembrance. In many cases the photos have faded, losing all detail and distinguishing facial features. The process of recreating these images brings me closer to the people or location depicted in them. Through my painting process I am able to have a relationship with deceased loved ones such my father, Walt." The figures in Noelle's paintings are ambiguous, with little or no facial features and convey a feeling of lost or fading identity.