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My work is an immersion in mourning research and an inquiry into the transitional spaces between birth and life and death and rebirth, using installation, performance, video, and photography. My process is meditative, reimagining the textures of existence and seeking answers to what I don’t know I don’t know. My curiosity is not an intellectual inquiry but a quest to experience being/not being in a felt sense - a visceral response to emotions, body sensations, and the sounds and experiences of nature. As my work with mourning expands, I see grief not as a problem to be solved but as a sacred art and a spiritual practice that invites wonder.  Embracing the emotional messiness fully, including pain, sadness, love, and moments of joy, is vital to my creative process, healing, and life. 

Connie Noyes, born in Washington, DC, received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1981) and her Masters in Psychology and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, California (1994). Noyes gained international recognition as a selected artist representing Salwa Zeidan Gallery in the UAE for Art Abu Dhabi (2017) and Art Bahrain (2015). She participated in the TransArt summer program in Berlin, Germany (2018) and selected artist residencies, including Arteles, Finland; CAMP, France; ChaNorth, New York; Emaar International Art Symposium, Dubai, UAE; and Thupelo International Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has been in exhibitions in Paris and Grenoble, France, Innsbruck, Austria, Munich, Germany, Dubai, and Bangi, Malaysia.  In the US, recent exhibitions include a collaboration with sound artist Beth Bradfish, "Untied|United" (2018) on Governors Island, New York, "we are built in water" (2022), Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL. and A(mend)ed (2019), Wedge Projects, Chicago, IL.  She was recently awarded the Cabins Haystack Residency Fellowship (2022), Norfolk, CT, and received Department of Cultural Affairs Artist Grants from the City of Chicago (2018 and 2019). Her project, "Under the Freeway," was a featured project for "The City as Studio" during Chicago Artists Month (2015). Noyes' work is in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois; The Ekstrom Library of Photographic Archives Special Collections, Louisville, Kentucky; Rhode Island School of Design and the Greenville County Museum, South Carolina. Other life experiences which have stimulated her imagination and informed her work include training as a death doula and studying Butoh- the dance of darkness. She is a licensed psychotherapist and registered art therapist in Illinois, and she currently lives and works in Chicago.
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