M Ryan Noble is an interdisciplinary artist and art therapist. He is part of a growing cadre of artists committed to serving people—many of whom struggle with mental health, poverty, family crises, chronic pain, and substance use. Ryan’s projects fit within a performance art rubric and he often contorts the most ordinary of media—watercolors, charcoal, plaster, found photographs, markers, copy machines, thrift store goods, and raw building materials—to expose distortions in the way people think about history, mental health, and national identity.
Ryan’s practice is fundamentally influenced by conceptualism and funk art of the Bay Area, the feminist and post-studio practices of Los Angeles, and several years of arts training, projects, and volunteerism in Chicago.
Navigating popular institutions reveals a system of fractures—disconnects between museums and hospitals, galleries and public schools, art fairs and community clinics. Ryan consistently explores the possibilities and limitations of art outside the “white walls.” This approach demands a turn from the public gaze to one of introspection, critique, and collectivism.