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1 Woman, 14 Artists-Kim Noble



Artist Profile

Kim Noble was born in 1960, her parents were factory workers and she lived with family, friends, or sometimes her actual parents. She was abused from a young age but none of her personalities are able to recollect memories of this traumatic period in her life. Noble first realized that she had dissociative identity disorder when she was accused of doing things that she did not remember. Kim Noble is well known for possessing multiple art styles, with each personality having a different art form. At her exhibitions, Kim Noble credits each of her personalities to their respective pieces.

I was told by numerous galleries to "come back when your art has settled." - Kim Noble

What is Dissociative Personality Disorder(DID)?

Dissociative identity disorder, previously called multiple personality disorder, is usually a reaction to trauma as a way to help a person avoid bad memories. The dissociative aspect is thought to be a coping mechanism -- the person literally dissociates himself from a situation or experience that's too violent, traumatic, or painful to assimilate with his conscious self. Dissociative identity disorder is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct personality identities. Each may have a unique name, personal history, and characteristics.


Introducing Abi, Ria Pratt, and 15 year old Judy

"In His Own World"

This piece above was painted by one of her personalities called Abi. The placement of the figure and the emptiness in the background symbolize loneliness but also a sense of depth and possibly something more sinister. This piece shows us the loneliest type of people out there: the ones stuck in their own head.


"Help Please"

"Training In Progress"

This is Ria Pratt, one of Kim Noble's 14 personalities. Even though the artist has said that none of the personalities remember the abuse that Kim dealt with at a young age, Ria Pratt’s art thoroughly portrays that she remembers the pain and sorrow of child abuse. The eerie and mysterious aspects of her art, such as how "Help Please" is written backwards, shows us that Ria still is trapped in her past, and that Kim Noble's subconscious still remembers the trauma of her childhood.


"Game Of Life"

This piece was done by a personality called Judy who is 15 years old and has caused Kim to constantly be admitted into the hospital for refusing to eat. The piece is clearly about abuse and power, but Judy paints her past using abstract symbols, unlike Ria Pratt, who illustrates her trauma very literally. In one interpretation, the "Game of Life" is about how only the most powerful people survive the war and how the rest are not given any help but instead left for dead. According to Judy, Life is a twisted game that everyone is forced to play once brought into this world.


I have only written about 3 of Kim’s unique and talented personalities. If you would like to view more of her art work, this link will bring you to a page filled with all of Kim Noble's personalities' art.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimnoble/sets/



Source:

https://www.huckmag.com/art-and-culture/art-2/the-woman-who-shares-a-body-with-14-different-artists/

https://prezi.com/8gkhbfqgqf-d/kim-noble-biography/

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/dissociative-identity-disorder-multiple-personality-disorder#1



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