Drawing My Way Home
Laura Noel, ChaNorth Alumni Solo Show Awardee

Artist Laura Noel is interested in the sideways glance – life seen from the corner of her curious eye. Experience is fleeting; memory alone is not enough. Passing sights cry out for examination. For her, making pictures is like waking up in the middle of the night from a fantastical dream and trying to write everything down before the experience fades – the complexity and beauty of the dream diminishing as the words hit the pages of the little notebook on her nightstand. The inherent failure in this task motivates Noel. The glances keep coming and there is always more to get down on paper before the light slips away. Noel makes pictures as a nod to time’s supremacy and as a peace offering that she might elude its ravages.


Drawing My Way Home is about chipping away at a wall of memory loss to recover what was and what could have been. This installation consists of hundreds of drawings made quickly with watercolor pens to match the pace of the artists’ racing thoughts. Noel goes back over the lines later in a more meditative frame of mind and activates the paint with water.  Because Drawing My Way Home is sparked by the experience of being away from her home in Atlanta, Georgia, Noel will be present in the gallery,  creating new drawings, each day, from 2-6 pm on Monday, June 10 through Sunday, June 16, 2024.

About the Artist

Laura Noel is an Atlanta-based, photographer, and installation artist. Her work often addresses issues of memory, loss, and consumption, as well as explorations of her personal history. Her work is in the collection of The High Museum of Art, The George Eastman House, The Ogden Museum in New Orleans, MOCA GA, and a number of private and public collections. She has been a Walthall Fellow, recipient of an Idea Capital Grant, and an Artadia finalist.

Noel received a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and an MFA in Photography with Distinction from the University of Georgia. Her prints have been featured in exhibitions at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China, the Contemporary American Photography exhibition at the Internationale Fototage Festival in Mannheim, Germany, Gallery 24 in Berlin, United Photo Industries in New York, The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Jackson Fine Art, Lumiere, Davis Orton Gallery in upstate New York, and Gallery 1401 in Philadelphia.

“Smoke Break”, her book of psychological portraits of smokers, will be published by Fall Line Press in the summer of 2024.

Curated by Brigitta Varadi, ChaNorth Residency Director

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