Posts Tagged 'multiple personality'

One of Many: Kim Noble Exhibition Opens on 9 November

Recently, we published a blog on Kim Noble’s autobiography, All of Me, in which we mentioned her paintings. This month, a complete exhibition of Kim’s work opens at the Bethlem Gallery. With no formal art training, Kim and 13 of her personalities (alters) became interested in painting in 2004. These 13 artists (alters) each have their own distinctive style, colours and themes; ranging from layered abstracts to challenging figurative works. Some of the work has a serene meditative quality to it whilst others contain explicit images of the trauma Kim endured in her youth. Many alters are unaware that they share a body with other artists.

“I paint from the heart not the head.” Says Noble. “D.I.D is a creative way to cope with unbearable pain.”

In the contemporary art world artists such as Gerhard Richter use a variety of aesthetics as a conscious statement to challenge the concept of the artist’s obligation to maintain a single cohesive style. Kim Noble’s motivations, however, lie in the unfathomable realm of the subconscious. Her work leads the viewer to question our understanding of the mind, and stands as a testament of her capacity to triumph over adversity.

The exhibition will open on November 9th (3 – 6pm) and there will be an artist’s Q&A session and book signing at 2.30 pm on Saturday November 12th.

The show runs from 10 November until 2 December, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11am – 6pm (and 11am – 6pm on Saturday 12th November).

 Suzy_Meet the Gingers by Kim NobleMeet the Gingers – Kim Noble (Suzy)


First Person Narratives 5

In August and September we published a string of posted entitled First Person Narratives. Today we present a short coda to this sequence; although in truth a series like this could go on and on. Last weekend’s Guardian drew attention to the story of the painter Kim Noble, the woman with 100 personalities. She has written a book charting her experience of dissociative identity disorder, one of the most contested psychiatric diagnoses of the nearly 300 that appear in the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. ‘I don’t ever know if I am coming or going’, she told the Guardian journalist. ‘I could switch [identities] at a door, like at the doctor’s surgery, and think, ‘Have I just been in?’

Coming or Going Man is the poignant title Kim (or ‘Abi’) gave to one of the works of art she contributed to the Outside In exhibition at Pallant House Gallery in 2009. It has since come into our collection here at the Archives & Museum. All of Me: My Incredible Story of How I Learned to Live with the Many Personalities Sharing my Body is published today by Piatkus Books.