The Artist from 44th and Landis


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GREW UP ON 44TH AND LANDIS IN CITY HEIGHTS. FOR ME, GROWING UP I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S
A QUICK ANSWER ON WHAT THAT FELT LIKE. A BEAUTIFUL, BITTER SWEET, SCARY, EXCITING,
I THINK I'M GRATEFUL FOR A LOT OF THE THINGS I LEARNED IN CITY HEIGHTS.
MY NAME IS MARGARET NOBLE AND I WORK AS AN ARTIST AND A TEACHER.
I'M WORKING ON A PROJECT CALLED 44TH AND LANDIS WHICH IS AN INSTALLATION AND A PERFORMANCE
PIECE. FOR ME, ALTHOUGH THE LENS IS TRACKED THROUGH
CITY HEIGHTS, THE STORIES ABOUT OUR URBAN COMMUNITY AND I WANT TO LOOK AT HISTORY, IDENTITY,
AND FOR ME THE BIGGEST PIECES, THE LENS OF CHILDREN, AND WHAT THEY UNDERSTAND AND WHAT
THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND, AND CLASS, AND NAVIGATING DIFFERENT TERRITORIES.
I WANTED TO COME BACK AND LOOK AND SEE WHAT WAS HERE, AND SO I WOULD JUST DO DRIVE BYES
THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD. AND TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON, AND SEE WHAT
I THOUGHT I REMEMBERED WAS STILL THERE, AND THEN EVENTUALLY IF I ENDED UP WALKING AROUND
THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND RECORDING THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND TAKING PICTURES OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
I HAVE A LOT OF MEMORIES OF SOUNDS OF SOUNDS I LOVE TO THIS DAY WHICH I STILL HEAR WHEN
I GO TO CITY HEIGHTS. ICE CREAM TRUCKS FOR ME ALWAYS WILL SYMBOLIZE
CITY HEIGHTS AND WHAT I LOVE IS NOW GOING BACK TO CITY HEIGHTS.
NOW THEY HAVE THE ICE CREAM FOLKS WALKING WITH THE LITTLE STANDS.
THAT WAS NEW, IT WAS JUST THE TRUCKS BEFORE. ANIMALS, EVERYWHERE, DOGS EVERYWHERE, KIDS
RUNNING AROUND. FOR ME, I COULD HEAR A LOT BECAUSE OUR WALLS
ARE VERY THIN. SO I'VE HAD AN OBSESSION WITH VICTORIAN IMAGERY.
MY ENTIRE LIFE MY MOM'S BEEN LEAFING AROUND REMNANTS OF VICTORIANISM IN THE HOUSE, GIVING
ME CARDS OR ROSES. I REMEMBERED WE HAD PAPER DOLLS ALL THE TIME
AROUND. AND SO HERE WE ARE NOW, LOOKING AT 44TH AND
LANDIS AND THE PAPER DOLLS SEEMED VERY APPROPRIATE PERSONALLY, BUT IT ALSO MADE SENSE TO ME BECAUSE
IF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT LOW INCOME, THEY'RE SO AFFORDABLE.
AND THEY'RE ALSO FRAGILE, AND THEY'RE ALSO TOYS.
SO EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM CONCEPTUALLY MADE SENSE FOR ME.
I'M LOOKING TO ARTICULATE TWO DIFFERENT TIME PERIODS AND I KEEP THINKING ABOUT TWO; BECAUSE
ON ONE HAND I WANT TO WEAR RUFFLY DRESSES AND PARADE AROUND WITH A TIARA AND THE OTHER
HAND I WANT TO BE DRESSED IN ALL BLACK AND DRIVE A KAD CADILLAC.
SO I'M RECKONING WITH THOSE TWO SIDES OF CULTURE I'M FASCINATED BY AND TRYING TO PUSH THEM
TOGETHER. FOR ME, THERE'S ICONIC IMAGES THAT ARE VERY
PARTICULARLY 1980S AND CITY HEIGHTS, AND THAT MIGHT BE A LOW RIDER, THAT MIGHT BE CANDY
LIKE LAFFY TAFFY OR BUBBA YUBBA OR MAYBE IT WAS SLIP AND SLIDE OR MRS.ĘPAC MAN OR CENTIPEDE,
ANYTHING THAT SCREAMED RUNNING AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD AS A LITTLE KID AND HAVING FUN.
NOW, WHEN I LOOK BACK, I FEEL REALLY PROUD THAT I GOT TO GROW UP THERE BECAUSE I THINK
SAN DIEGO'S A PRETTY SEGREGATED CITY, AND I THINK IT'S A LITTLE DISAPPOINTING, ACTUALLY.
CITY HEIGHTS IS ONE OF THOSE PLACES THAT'S NOT SEGREGATED.
I THINK IT'S INTERESTING THAT I AM THE ONE WHO GETS A CHANCE FROM A MAJOR INSTITUTION
THAT IS ENDORSED BY MAYBE THE UPPER ECHELON OF THE ART WORLD IN SAN DIEGO, AND I AM A
WHITE WOMAN AND HERE I AM TO TELL A STORY ABOUT A MUCH MORE NUANCED AND COMPLEX NEIGHBORHOOD
THAT NO ONE REALLY IS SURE THAT I COME FROM, OR THAT I UNDERSTAND.
SO, YEAH, I THINK IT'S COMPLEX, AND I'M NOT SURE EVERYBODY IS COMFORTABLE WITH ME BEING
THE ONE TO TELL THE STORY. BUT THE REALITY IS IT IS MY STORY, AND I LIVED
THROUGH IT, AND IT COLORED ME, AND IT WAS MEANINGFUL.