David NoelThird-Year MFA Candidate
David Noel draws from lived experiences to find unusual expressions of modern warfare in everyday life. Inspired by culture, politics, and the American Dream, his work takes on a variety of forms in an effort to re-frame the downstream effects of war in connection with our current moment. Recent projects include an audiobook for a classified document, writing a letter to the ATF about Jell-O, and leading a participatory tactical training exercise in an art space.
Noel grew up in Huntington, West Virginia, where he experienced the highs and lows of American life as a Korean-adoptee. In 2011, looking for greener pastures, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry where he deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan. After enlistment, Noel returned to WV where he attended Marshall University, receiving a BA in Art. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA where he is an MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon University.