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Catching Up with 2011 Twining Humber Award Recipient Barbara Noah

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Acme, ©Barbara Noah, archival pigment print, image 30” x 22 5/8” Original pre-edited earth background courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Lab, NASA Johnson Space Center

2004 GAP & 2011 Twining Humber Award recipient Barbara Noah of Seattle is a mixed-media artist experienced in painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, public art, installations, and digital imaging. We recently caught up with Barbara and she was happy to share more about an upcoming project and how Artist Trust helped shape her path as an artist.

Are there any projects that you are currently working on?
I am currently completing the “Likely Stories” series, part of which was previously supported by the Twining Humber Award. This ironically titled series reflects a personal and cultural desire for transcendent experiences in distant skies through surrogate objects in full-throttle can-do mode. The presence of the airborne forms is deadpan and absurd relative to the grandeur of the lofty extraterrestrial contexts, their juxtapositions both ridiculous and sublime. The work also suggests dichotomies between near and far, aspirations and outcomes, and other underlying content. Please view the video below to learn more:

The “Likely Stories” series will be shown in an exciting and engaging exhibition at Davidson Galleries in Seattle. After completion of the “Likely Stories” series, I will begin new work for a series tentatively titled “Hybrid Lives” as well as other initiatives currently in the research phase.

How did receiving Artist Trust funding impact your career as an artist?
The Grants for Artist Projects and the Twining Humber Award both assisted me in making new work possible through support for equipment, materials, and the time to devote to my artistic practice. My career was also positively impacted by the receipt of these prestigious awards, which help pave the way for future awards from other organizations.

What advice do you have for artists applying for grants and awards?
My advice for aspiring artists and artists applying for grants and awards is to persist in making your work and in applying for grants. The successes you achieve can make up for any discouragement you encounter, and the receipt of one grant can make up for the ten for which you were not selected. Persistence pays off!

Visit Barbara’s Hatchfund.org project page, where you can read more about the “Likely Stories” series, see more images, and read about perks you will receive for your tax-deductible donation.