Michèle Noach

Artoonist 

Michèle Noach joined Cape Farewell on the 2004 Art/Science Expedition. Taking almost three weeks the Cape Farewell crew circumnavigated Spitsbergen, the main island of the Svalbard archipelago, aboard the Noorderlicht - sailing almost as far North as possible. Following the expedition Michèle produced her series of 'Lenticulars', featured in the Cape Farewell book Burning Ice, and exhibited with Art & Climate Change and U-n-f-o-l-d. She returned to the Arctic on her second voyage with Cape Farewell in September 2008, joining the Disko Bay Expedition.

In 2007 Cape Farewell visited The Lost Gardens of Heligan, pre-cursor to creation of Eden Project, as part of our long term collaboration with the Eden Project. From this start point Michèle has worked with both Heligan and Eden Project on several projects, including, The Glasshouse Men, an installation of lenticulars in the greenhouses at The Lost Gardens of Heligan in November 2008.

In September 2009, an abridged version of the 2008 Curwen show One Mouse, One Dollar, No Refund was exhibited in the beautiful Hawksmoor Rectory of Spitalfields.
         

"I absolutely refuse to leave until we are able to take back with us something in the nature of a chart."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 'The Lost World'


1963     

Born in Paddington, Australia

1964-9

Move to Holland, USA, Australia and Holland again before settling in London

1970

Discover 'Ant and Bee'

1972

See 'Dougal and the Blue Cat'

1973

Collect first of many lenticular images

1976

Hear 'New Rose' by The Damned

1981

Become crossword compiler for The New Musical Express
Develop interest in code-breaking

1982

Severe electrical shock (accidental)
Begin writing for arts' publications in Australia, the US and UK

1984

Bitten by spider (unidentified) in Australian outback

1985

Start printmaking
Come across George Herriman's 1930's cartoon strip 'Krazy Kat'

1987

Commissioned artist for Liberty of London
Compiling crosswords for various international publications

1989

Establish studio in London

1990

Ship etching press to Australia and back

1993

Qualify in British Sign Language

2002

First US exhibition and visit to Sonoran Desert

2004

Fall on ice (whilst skating) in Svalbard, High Arctic
Go lenticular

2006

Art & environment study in Sonoran Desert
Make lenticular 'measuring' devices

2008

The Glasshouse Men: Installation in greenhouses at the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Second Cape Farewell expedition, this time to Greenland.

2009    

Artist in residence at the Eden Project, working on Arctic poppies
Defying the odds, bitten by spider again
Spend time in Norway on glacial research project
Continue to work on backdrops, sets, cartoons and illustration