My work is an immersion in mourning research.
Two-years ago when my father and husband died within days of each other, the fundamental drives of my practice changed radically. Raised in a culture where the delicate and complicated process of mourning was rushed to clear the way, move on, or “get back to normal”, this stoic posturing left no room for ritual or its importance in healing the complex emotional experience of grief. As my research expands, mourning rituals based on personal loss have given way to increased focus on the socio-political climate of the moment. Due to an escalation of violence and disparity the collective felt experience of grief is palpable. Regardless of our difference’s grief is a common ground. By acknowledging this commonality, I use my work as a path to connect individuals and communities in intimate, creative and regenerative spaces for healing.
Connie Noyes is a multidisciplinary artist born in Washington DC. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MA in Psychology and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, California. Her work and her life are one. Noyes expands personal affective encounters into the socio-political realm to connect individuals and communities in intimate spaces for healing.
This year, 2019 she was awarded a DCASE Individual Artist grant in professional development to support further research in grief and mourning. She was funded to attend two program-based residencies; Arteles, New Course in Finland where she will work in performance with Margi Brown Ash, PhD and CAMP in the French Pyrenees where she will work with Laure Prouvost using video and installation. Noyes was artist in residence for the Doing/Thinking residency at Wedge Projects, Chicago in February and March 2019.
In 2018 she was a recipient of a DCASE Individual Artist Grant for New Work which supported a solo exhibition at Cultivator@ Bray Grove Farm, “silence is ______. beep. beep. beep.” and Untied|United a collaborative interactive visual art and sound installation with sound artist Beth Bradfish on Governors Island, NYC, supported by HARVESTWORKS. Noyes also participated in the TransArt summer program in Berlin, Germany. In 2016, she was an artist-in-residence with Salwa Zeidan Gallery, for Art Abu Dhabi, and at IRT Theater in New York City, with playwright Pamela Enz. She was a Center Program participant at the Hyde Park Art Center and a resident artist from 2017-2018. Her work has been exhibited at the Third Biennale International d’art non-objective in Grenoble, France; Mana Contemporary, Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston; and Art Bahrain. Other residencies include: ChaNorth, New York; the Emaar International Art Symposium, Dubai (where she painted for the Burj Dubai); and Thupelo International Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa;
Noyes' work is in the collection of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; The Ekstrom Library of Photographic Archives Special Collections, Louisville, Kentucky; and the Greenville County Museum, South Carolina. Her project, Under the Freeway, was chosen as a featured project for Chicago Artists Month 2015 – The City as Studio. She is currently working on a project with the Chicago Park District and Chicago Sculpture International in Washington Park “sound of dust on ash” and “Love Letters to the Lost”, an interactive community engagement project projected for June 2019.