Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kim Noble

It is often said that tragedy is a source of creativity. Some of the most creative and talented people were/are those who suffered some kind of personal tragedy, be it in the form of life's misfortunes or mental illnesses, or somethings, both. Between the two, mental illnesses seem to yield the most brilliant artists the world have seen.

If there's such a somewhat disturbing thing as the common mental illness that's linked to producing the most amazing artists, authors and musicians et al, it would probably be Manic Depression or Bipolar Disoder. Cue in Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Cobain, Virginia Woolf, Nina Simone.....the list goes on. A fact not unknown to the many who appreciate these amazing talents. Then there's a whole different category. The creativity genius of the Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD).

Introducing Kim Noble. The very talented MPD artist with over 13 different personalities. Having spent 20 years in and out of hospital, she discovered her gift in painting through art therapy. Not just hers, but also many of her different personalities within herself are gifted painters, each with their own distinctive styles and voices.Within five years of starting to paint they have already had seventeen successful solo exhibitions and participated in an equal number of group exhibitions. Kim was also the first Artist in Residence at Springfield University Hospital in Tooting, South West London.

People with MPD develop different personalities in themselves (usually during childhood) as a coping mechanism to trauma. Kim's MPD was a result of her extremely traumatic childhood where she was a victim of a trauma-based mind control programme called the Monarch Programme for 13 years. (Read more about the Monarch Programme here).

The paintings from the different personalities in Kim are incredible. Incredible not only for their artistic excellence but also the haunting stories of physical, sexual and mental torture and abuses they tell.

This piece, titled "Symbolic or What", is indeed ... symbolic. Two girls (or two personas of the same girl) avoid stepping on the checkerboard floor due to the presence of a snake. The appear to be covering their genitals, implying that the snake is phallic symbol. The painting also attests to the great psychic power of the checkerboard pattern on victims, a trait that was probably part of the programming.

This one, entitled "Golden Kaballa", uses the same basic layout as the previous image but replaces scenes of trauma with occult symbols and the central figure with the kabbalistic Tree of Life. Each one of the Tree of Life's colourful spheres, named Sephirots, are used in Monarch mind control as "compartments" to store alter personas. The outer layer of the work contains the name of each of the ten spheres of the Tree of Life with its associated Hebrew letter.

This piece is named "Ted's legless". "Ted" is the small Teddy Bear sitting on the floor. Young mind control victims are often given Teddy Bears by their handlers to make them develop an emotional attachment to them. This attachment is then exploited by the handlers to create emotional trauma.In "Ted's Legless", Ria's handler rips off one of her best friend's legs while forcibly holding her on the ground. The trauma causes dissociation, which is represented by the transparent version of the girl. Haunting words are inscribed on the wall: "Help Me Please" and "Pratt was Here".

"The Naming" is an auto-portrait of Kim with one eye that was removed from the face and placed above her, bloody, which conveys the violent nature of the process. Once again, mind control is symbolized by the loss of an eye which appears to have been replaced by a text/poem that was probably used to program her.

These are some of her work and looking at Kim's disturbingly beautiful paintings and the blood-curdling stories behind had me literally in tears. Her art pieces not only chronicles her traumatic life, it again reaffirms the grotesque human race and the atrocity human beings are capable of inflicting on one another. Depressive to say the least. If only a magic wand could make all these go away. Kim's more detailed story is available here

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