Ilse Schreiber-Noll born in Germany studied at the University of Marburg. She moved to the United States and went to Purchase College, SUNY specifically to study woodcuts and the art of the book with Uruguayan – American visual artist Antonio Frasconi.
Schreiber-Noll found her voice as a political artist and incorporated books into her art practice.
The multimedia artist uses paintings, installations, woodcuts, and painted books to express her anguish over political and social issues, but sees her work as a whole. She turns to the book form when she needs what a painting or woodcut can’t offer: pages. “ The books are diaries or visul documents to complement the content of my paintings. The book can bring out the lyrical, tactile, and poetic reality that is hidden within my paintings.” she notes.
Some of her books are delicate because of the materials she uses. Others are strong, painted on paper, canvas, or board with heavy surface texture that allow them to stand up like sculptures, yet they still invite touch. She believes viewers must turn pages to decipher her meaning. “
In collaboration with poets she produced Limited Edition Artist Books and in collaboration with critic, playwright and translator Eric Bentley booklets with songs and poetry by German poets and composers. She did extensive graphic work for the theatre for plays by Bertolt Brecht and Frank Wedekind and others. Among the poets and musicians she has worked with are: Joseph Brodsky, Dennis Brutus, Galway Kinnell, Octavio Paz, John Cage and Robert Kelly.
The artist presently lives and works in Croton On Hudson and Peekskill, NY and in Berlin, Germany.