Kim Noble is a woman who, from the age of 14 years,
spent 20 years in and out of hospital until she made contact with Dr Valerie
Sinason and Dr Rob Hale at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics. In 1995 she
began therapy and was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (originally
named multiple personality disorder). D.I.D is a
creative way to cope with unbearable pain. The main personality splits into
several parts with dissociative or amnesic barriers between them. It used to be a
controversial disorder but Kim has had extensive tests over 2 years by leading
psychology professor at UCL, John Morton, who has established there is no memory
between the personalities and that she has the misfortune of representing the
British gold standard over genuine dissociation.
Kim has 20 main personalities, many fragments and 14 of
the main personalities are artists. Having no formal art training, 14 of the main alters became
interested in painting in 2004 after spending a short time with an art
therapist. These 14 artists each have their own distinctive style, colours and
themes, ranging from solitary deserts, sea scenes and abstracts to
collages and paintings with traumatic content. Many alters are unaware that
they share a body with other artists.
What is remarkable to all is both the quality of their work and
the speed of their progress. Within five years of starting to paint they have already had
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.
Kim now has a 14 year old daughter and is a vivacious woman with a wonderful
sense of humour and great courage and commitment.
"All of Me",
Release date 6th October 2011,
All images copyright © 2010 Kim Noble
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