Margaret Noble

5_I_Long_to_be_Free_from_Longing 2_Head_in_the_Sand 1_A_Score_for_Conversation 6_All_Eyes_on_You 7_Scaled_Discords

Work1 Title: I Long to be Free From Longing Year: 2014 Materials: Mixed media and electronics. See video: Dimensions: H 19″ W 20″ D 32″ Work2 Title: Head in the Sand Year: 2015 Materials: Mixed media and electronics. See video: Dimensions: H 15″ W 15″ D 15″ Work3 Title: A Score for Conversation Year: 2014 Materials: Mixed media. Hear sound: Dimensions: H 12″ W 3′ D 12″ Work4 Title: All Eyes on You Year: 2015 Materials: Mixed media and electronics. See video: Dimensions: H 2′ W 3′ D 3′ Work5 Title: Scaled Discords Year: 2015 Materials: Mixed media. See video: Dimensions: H 17″ W 6′ D 6′


I create objects, installations and performances that investigate the echoes of time in contemporary identity and environment. I focus on narratives and legacies left behind by families, media and technology. I use found objects, construct new objects and design sounds to activate spaces, reference history and pose questions about perception. I draw on a wide variety of materials and symbols to juxtapose ideas. I play with time travel as I move between generational influences, historical myths and the future.

My ongoing artistic research project is titled, ‘Resonating Objects.’ ‘Resonating Objects’ is a series of sculptural sound experiences designed to immerse audiences in artifacts of identity and memory through tactile gestures and ephemeral sonic experiences. These interactive sound objects transform space and place for the participant. They engage audiences in personal and public histories through their use of aged documents, found objects and unexpected auditory happenings. As a resonating sculptural series (physically and conceptually), these experiences create a series of narratives. For example, in my work, ‘I Long to be Free from Longing,’ I present a collection of personal sounds embedded in a traveler’s suitcase and inspired by Frederick Holderin’s poem, “All the Fruit.” In my two conceptual music box sculptures, ‘What Was, What Is, What Is Not’ and ‘A Score for Conversation,’ I use relational aesthetics through spontaneous, melodic composition to construct participatory events dealing with communication and generational histories. In my pieces, ‘Index of Fear’ and ‘Head in the Sand,’ I offer audiences a chance to explore social and cultural anxiety through time and gesture as they interact with sound, image and light.

For all works, movement, sound and narrative function collectively as unique and personal time-based experiences. These moments shift and vary with each participant’s interaction.


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2007 MFA, Sound Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2002 BA, Philosophy, University of California, San Diego

2015 Royal British Society of Sculptors, inducted artist
2015 The Engine Room International Sound Art Competition, finalist in sound sculpture category
2015 San Diego Art Institute, Honorable Mention by curator David A. Ross
2014 Musicworks Magazine, 1st place electronic music composition
2014 Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, 1st place artwork
2014 San Diego Art Prize, emergent category nominee
2014 Montserrat College of Art Fellowship
2013 Los Angeles Art Association, inducted artist
2013 ArtSD13 Spotlight Artist
2012 Culture Hall New York, inducted artist
2012 Creative Catalyst Project Grant
2010/11 Jim Henson Foundation Seed and Project Grants
2010 Kickstarter, sound art project funded
2007 Illinois Arts Council Governor’s International Grant

UPCOMING Resonating Objects, Gibbs Street Gallery, Rockville, MD
UPCOMING Resonating Objects, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
UPCOMING On Edge Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, CA
UPCOMING Interactivity: Sight and Sound, Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Montgomery, MD
2015 Dorian’s Gray, Roswell Museum and Art Center, NM
2015 Resonating Objects, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
2014 Touch, Ohrenhoch der Geräuschladen Sound Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2012/13 44th and Landis, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
2010 Frakture, Fresh Sounds: Sushi Performance Arts, San Diego, CA

Place: San Diego, CA