Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!
Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Maurice Noisette: I’ve always loved drawing. I never took classes or studied fine art in school. It is one of the few things that came somewhat naturally to me. Instead, I studied architecture in school, which I felt allowed me to be simultaneously creative and technical. After completing my Master’s degree, I took a job with a design firm in Seattle. I didn’t take my talents seriously until about two or three years ago. It was during this time I was able to start creating on a more consistent basis like I was before the rigors of school. My mediums include acrylic paint, ink and graphic design / digital illustrations.
Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
My process usually starts with an idea, sometimes random. These ideas may be sparked by anything from something that happens during my day-to-day routine, an experience I’ve had in the past and world events. I try to get the idea down on paper right away so I don’t forget it by sketching it out. This also helps me figure out how I want to express my idea visually if / when it moves to the canvas. Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from? I draw my inspiration from virtually anything. Whether it’s subtle or smacks me in the face, inspiration for a piece can come from any direction at any given time. The biggest influences for artwork that I am currently creating, and plan on creating in the near future, are recent life experiences and world events. I’m also influenced by hip-hop music / culture.
Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
One of my favorite things to draw, which happens to be the most difficult, are portraits. The majority of my ink drawings are portraits of musicians / entertainers that I was listening to at the time and decided to draw as practice. My painting themes are a little more sporadic, as they tend to stem from my thoughts / emotions.
Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
It’s hard to pick one piece in particular. Each of my pieces feel like they are a small part of me. However a couple of pieces that stand out the most are two acrylic paintings titled “Release” and “And the winner is” “Release” shows a woman breathing out a cloud of negative energy that is filled with words. The colors radiating around her symbolize the positive vibes she is taking in. Out with the bad, in with the good.
“And the winner is” is definitely my most abrasive piece so far. It’s simply a gold trophy of a hand “flipping the bird.” Sometimes it’s hard to be nice when you’re dealing with someone who is making things difficult for no apparent reason. Instead of lashing out, give them this trophy to award their behavior.
What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
The experiences in my life that have affected my art the most have come during my time in Seattle. From the time I first moved here a couple years ago to pursue a career in architecture, losing loved ones, new friends I’ve made along the way and past relationships. Social interaction has played a significant role in my work. I have also met various artists in Seattle that I’ve gained knowledge from and who have helped light an even bigger fire for me to pursue my passions and explore my creativity.
If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
If you want to see more of my work you can visit my website monoise.com, and you can follow me via social media on Instragram @MoNoise, and Facebook.
What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
As of now, my plan is to continue to learn and practice my craft as much as possible while pushing my creative limits. I’m excited about live painting at a private event coming up soon as well as opportunities to apply for various shows around Seattle. I will be working on a series soon that will include much more personal insight as well as touch on world events and the cultural impact of those events.
Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
I’ve probably consumed more coffee in my two years in Seattle than I have in my entire life, so I’m staying away from it for a while. I’ll take some green tea though!