Brianna Noble

Region: West

Brianna Noble is an able-bodied Black Latino surviving in a predominantly urban white community. This on its own brings context to the artist’s work, no matter how hard they attempt to avoid it, as living in a Black body in 2021 is still a political statement. On the other hand, when they lean into the intentional, Noble uses the idea that sex sells to drive viewers to the work. Then they try different ways to disrupt the viewer’s gaze, such as satire with abrasive wording and drawings that remind the audience that the figure depicted is a human with a mind too—a human who is in control of their body and reproductive choices, even when they are put on display “sexually.” Noble hopes that the next person with a similar experience can find familiarity and the power to live by their own devices.