MARGARET NOBLE

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Represented Artist 2015-2016

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. Ultimately, 'Resonating Objects' questions the reliability of material objects in ephemeral spaces

About Margaret Noble:

www.margaretnoble.net