Kim Noble is a 44 year old woman, who from her teen years has spent 20 years in and out of hospital until she made contact with Dr Valerie Sinason and Dr Robert Hale at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics ten years ago, began therapy and was diagnosed with DID, Dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality) 10 years ago and starting therapy. DID is a creative way to cope with unbearable pain. The main personality splits into several parts each having an amnesic barrier between them. It is a controversial disorder but Kim Noble has had extensive tests over two years by a leading psychology professor at UCL,John Morton, who has established that there is no memory between the personalities and that she has the misfortune of representing the British gold standard over genuine dissociation.
Having no formal art training, Kim, and 12 of her personalities (alters) became interested in painting in acrylics in 2004 after spending a short time with an art therapist. These 12 artists each have their own distinctive style, colours and themes ranging from solitary desert scenes, to sea scenes to abstracts, collages and paintings with traumatic content. Many are unaware that they share a body with other artists. What has been remarkable to all who know them is both the quality of all their work and the speed of their progress. Within just two years of painting they have already had four successful solo exhibitions last year and two group exhibitions North and South London. The first North London Exhibition was given a one-page review in the Hampstead and Highgate Express by their excellent art correspondent Alison Oldham who considered what "she" does of enormous aesthetic value as well as a must for those who care about Outsider Art. Kim is also Artist in Residence at Springfield University Hospital in Tooting, South West London.
Kim is a vivacious women with a wonderful sense of humour and great courage and committment. She is a single mother to a much loved daughter.
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