My practice considers the ways in which landscape and the botanical are situated in the everyday. In particular, I am interested in how nature is sited within the domestic space and how the landscape image can be used as a point of entry in the construction of personal and familial narratives. My work explores the ways relationships between individuals and natural environments are mediated through distance and the passage of time, and the ways methods of care and of being-in-landscape are passed from one generation to the next. The image of the botanical is used as a tool for cultivating and transmitting systems of knowledge non-linearly, through feeling and impression.
My work often approaches image-making through collage, sampling images sourced online and from personal archives (family photos, drawings, etc.) and combining and rearranging visual elements in ways that play with scale and repetition. The decorative is also employed as an organizational framework in the examination of a subject or theme; I often utilize handmade patterns and motifs as structures for the enumeration of collected images or information. Combining screenprinting, drawing and photography, I am interested in the process of collage as a methodology that engages both real and imaginary spaces, used simultaneously as a means of storytelling and astute record-keeping. Finally, my work explores the potential of the two-dimensional surface to create space for alternative modes of visual perception, using repetition, distortion, layering, and transparency as visual mechanisms that allude to movement and transformation, soliciting a heightened state of visual attention and mirroring interior psychological states.
Born in Toronto in 1987, Noelle Wharton-Ayer is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living and working in Quebec City. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from York University in 2010, and obtained a master’s degree in visual arts from Université Laval in 2017. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in eastern Canada and Europe, and she has participated in residencies in several printmaking studios throughout Ontario and Québec. Noelle currently works as studio manager at Engramme artist-run-centre in Quebec City. Since 2017 she has worked on several community arts printmaking projects, notably Ici, Le Jardin, presented in collaboration with La Bordée theater in 2019.
Noelle Wharton-Ayer est née à Toronto en 1987 et habite et travaille présentement à Québec. Elle est diplomée du baccalauréat en arts visuels à York University, et à la maitrise en arts visuels à l’Université Laval. Son travail a été présenté dans les expositions solo et collectives en Ontario, au Québec, au Terre-Neuve et en Europe. Elle a également effectué des résidences dans plusieurs ateliers d’estampe dans l’est du Canada. Noelle travaille présentement comme cheffe d’atelier au centre d’artiste Engramme à Québec. Elle a travaillé également comme artiste-médiatrice dans plusieurs projets de médiation culturelle notamment Ici, Le Jardin, qui a été présenté au Théâtre la Bordée en 2019.