Anne Noble

Aotearoa New Zealand

Mouth (Ruby’s Room)

  • 2001
  • Photograph
  • Purchased, 2001
  • 1252 x 1839mm
  • 2001/144

For the exhibition I See Red (5 December 2007 - 23 November 2008) this work was displayed with the following label: Red can be in-your-face and attention-seeking, and the attention red wants, red gets. Anne Noble’s enormous, cheeky photograph Mouth (Ruby’s Room) gives more than an eyeful of her daughter Ruby’s protruding tongue and chewing gum.

Q. What red sound would this artwork make? A. A giant raspberry!

Exhibition History

earlier labels about this work
  • This work is part of a series entitled ‘Ruby’s Room’ that features large scale, close-up, vibrantly coloured photographs of Anne Noble’s daughter, Ruby. Here Ruby’s mouth is shown full of garish pink-red bubblegum.

    The photo zooms in on her mouth, lifting the sight from the cute and everyday to something more symbolic and powerful. It’s a good example of Noble’s ability to take otherwise ordinary scenes or subjects and, through a sense of concentration and stillness, translate them into images that have great emotional and visual impact.

    Born in Wanganui, Noble is one of New Zealand’s most respected photographers. She studied for her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, receiving the Elam Art School Scholarship in 1979. In 1985 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council travel grant, which enabled her to attend the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York in 1985. She has also lived in London. In 2002 Noble was a participant in the Artists in Antarctica programme. (2004 label)