Noelle Lorraine Williams is an artist whose life's work exemplifies her continued interest in engaging people in conversations using art, history and contemporary culture, as well as writing about spirituality in the United States.
"Noelle Lorraine Williams's work is a complex, multi-layered sculptural program with references to the historic view of bodies and contemporary expectations about femininity and power. The work addresses the masking of the body, loss reclaiming of the self and the passage through a journey." Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, The Feminine Mystique: Contemporary Artists Respond, Jersey City Museum, Catalogue p.12
"her technical skill that draws the eye, the polished, sophisticated presentation that wows judges..."
“Within the context of shamanism, often read by critics into Williams’s work, masks are a channel of the spirit, “a symbolic prism of everyday life.” – Katie Cercone, “In the Realm of the BossBitch” in “Hysteria A Collection of Feminisms Issue #3 Abjection'
"Noelle Lorraine Williams, has also contributed a decorative-obsessive project. She has made an installation of masked childlike figures representing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is shown as a woman of humanity, strength and beauty, but also as a kind of mannequin wheeled out for the television cameras. It is a thoughtful, provocative installation." Benjamin Gennochio, The New York Times
"The 10 must-see pieces at the African American Museum's 'for colored girls' exhibit" - Sofiya Ballin, Philly.com
Noelle Lorraine Williams,
Newark Artists Photo Documentary Project
Photo credit Colleen Gutwein
ECCOTV chats with Noelle Lorraine Williams, Newark artist and activist.
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