Anne Noble / New Zealand b.1954 / Ruby’s room no. 17  2001 / Digital colour print on Hahnemühle rag paper, ed. 6/10 / 91.5 x 119.9cm / Purchased 2006. Queensland Art Gallery / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

Anne Noble
Ruby’s room no. 17 2001

Not Currently on Display

Anne Noble has created innocent, humorous, sometimes confronting, portraits of her daughter, Ruby, in a series of works called ‘Ruby’s room’. The photographs appeal to general ideas of play, intimacy and discovery by focusing on the mouth, which Noble describes as ‘a site where life happens. The mouth that speaks, tastes, smiles, reacts, learns, loves. . .’1


1 Justin Paton (ed.), Anne Kennedy and Lydia Wevers, Anne Noble: States of Grace [exhibition catalogue],  Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin and Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2001, p.11

New Zealand artist Anne Noble has been a practising photographer since the 1970s. Her varied subjects have included a London convent, the Antarctic wilderness, coastal landscapes of New Zealand, and her father’s body after death. Noble builds a picture through series of images, creating depth and intimacy in what she refers to as ‘essays’ of photographic images.

Anne Noble’s practice encourages viewers to spend time engaged in the act of looking. In recent years, she has turned her attention to the subject of the honey bee, a small creature symbolic of our world’s wellbeing. The artist’s interest in bees was sparked by keeping her own beehives at her home in New Zealand.