The work of Connie Noyes examines the social constructions of idealized beauty and the values assigned to it by transforming inherited, found, forgotten, discarded, and unvalued materials. The paintings, as objects exemplify the existential struggle for existence while questioning the over-determined role beauty plays.
Born in Washington D.C, Noyes is a full time artist who lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MA degree in Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont California.
Her work has been shown and collected by many well-respected institutions, galleries and corporations both nationally and internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, The Ekstrom Library, Photographic Archives in Louisville and The Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina. In 2007 she was awarded the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and several professional development grants from 2004-2007.
Susan Freda was educated at the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned her BFA and at the Massachusetts College of Art for her MFA. She has received numerous awards, notably a residency & exhibition at the de Young Museum & a Pollock Krasner Award.
Transparency, form, and flowing line, the play of cast shadows and light on a wall, sparkling, subtle states of being that invoke intimate, emotive responses. Freda imbues her pieces with an ephemeral presence and ability to catch and hold light and form. Created from hand woven wire and glass, her pieces envelope viewers in a seductive, entranced space. Their transparent and interconnected forms and jewel-like nature reference nature, fashion, and otherworldly phenomena.
Freda’s work is inspired by numerous sources, some of which include: Giacometti’s stretched and elongated figures, Judi Pfaff’s installations and deft use of material; and the sculptures of Anish Kapoor. Her art explores the transient, poetic, and ephemeral experiences of our world—intimacy & emotion, and offers a space for their consideration.