Margaret Noble is a Texas born and California raised artist who has cultivated a unique, experimental style of artwork that has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her art resides at the intersection of sculpture, sound, installation and performance, influenced by the beat-driven dance culture that shaped a generation in southern California during the 1980’s. Margaret earned a BFA in Philosophy from University of California San Diego and a MFA in Sound Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In this sit down with Vanichi, she shares her thoughts on the importance of artistic expression, staying true to your voice as a creative professional, and why it is important for schools to embrace the subject of art. Artistic Medium: Sound Art, Sculpture, Installation Years in Art: 15 Favorite Quote: “It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.” — Oscar Wilde Q + A [Q] What is your artistic process? I am an experimentalist to the core. I love to dig into the unknown and fight my way to a finished work through exploration, trial and error. All of my artistic works start out as messy wonderings and then morph into developed pieces that answer questions which often go beyond my original inquiries. For me, the greatest successes come when the final piece is multi-dimensional: calling audiences in through experience but offering more to explore through a concept or story. “I Long to be Free From Longing” by Margaret Noble. [Q] How do you maintain balance between the creative world you pull from, and the physical world we live in? I pull from the physical world as much as I do from the creative world. The physical world demands my attention and permeates its power in all things including art. Objects, people, places and time are the source of my creative energy. I seek to reflect, interpret and provoke questions about human experience. [Q] What advice do you have for aspiring artists in your looking to break into your area of the industry? Get your hustle on and don’t give up. If you are in it for the money then you can be sure that you will water down or corrupt your artistic practice. Have a side job so that you can maintain the integrity of your work. Always follow up on opportunities, keep your eyes open for more opportunities and don’t burn bridges. But, do feel free to back away from any project or person that doesn’t feel like it will be a good match for your trajectory. If you are an artist then you will be one for life. “Dorian’s Gray” “Head in the Sand” “Index of Fear” [Q] Why is creative expression important for a society and its people? “I love to dig into the unknown and fight my way to a finished work through exploration, trial and error” Society and individuals would be socially, politically and personally repressed without creative expression. If there are no outlets to express opinions, ramblings or other visions then I believe we will have a lot of ticking time bombs ready to explode. Perhaps, our highest priority should be to get artistic experience back in our schools. [Q] What is your creative purpose as an artist? My creative purpose as an artist is to realize fully developed works that are relevant to the now with an eye towards the past and awareness of future. My vision is to make experiential works that invite audiences to explore the form while inciting questions about the content which is often investigates time, history, the individual and society. I am comfortable with pushing my artistic growth to the brink of discomfort so that my work stays relevant and serves. Artist Margaret Noble. ART INDEX Dorian’s Gray Dorian’s Gray integrates physical materials, light, and sound to construct a reflective metaphor on identity in today’s digital age. This work explores the complicated yet timeless questions of influence, superficiality, and entertainment as put forth in two books—The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement by Twenge and Campbell. I Long to be Free From Longing This piece is interactive. The boxes are light sensitive and you must lift the lids to hear the sounds. Sounds can’t be touched although their ephemeral nature sparks memories and dreams. However, sound recordings can be captured. These facsimiles of experience can be stored, played and coveted. Index of Fear This piece is interactive archive of worries and fears. Head in the Sand Interactive light and sound sculpture. To engage with Head in the Sand, simply put your head in the hole and wait.