Born in Sydney, Australia.
Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
Noula Diamantopoulos is a multidisciplinary artist working across a variety of mediums including performance, sculpture, mosaics, neon, printmaking, painting and encaustics.
Much of Noula’s work explores new ways of making, seeing and understanding both art and the world. As an artist, practicing psychotherapist, and holistic coach, she constantly strives to create work that captures and expresses those universal feelings and emotions which cannot be named or described, but are an essential part of the human condition. Her practice explores the life force and the whole ‘idea of us’ through her art.
Noula has held numerous solo exhibitions at galleries throughout Australia. Her work can be found in significant private collections both within Australia and internationally.
Since 2011, Noula has embraced the medium of performance art as a conceptual and enigmatic vehicle for her continuing search for meaning, understanding and interpretation of the human psyche and the inner-self. Her performance work QUEST, is an interactive and collaborative social project focused on community involvement and engagement which draws on relational aesthetics and the artist’s background as a practicing psychotherapist. Participants are invited to engage in a silent conversation of questions only, in which the dialogue is handwritten and no talking is allowed. This unique process of Q&Q calls participants to be curious, to think outside of the box, and consider if the answers we seek can actually be revealed in the questions we ask.
Noula was invited to perform QUEST as part of the Director’s Choice program at the inaugural Sydney Contemporary Art Fair (2013 & 2015), at the Melbourne Art Fair (2014) and as part of Art Month Sydney (2016).
More recently, Noula has been working primarly with text-based neon artworks. Her 2016 solo exhibition Numinous presented a series of cryptic neon signs which were quiet, introspective and oblique: articulating the existential, interrogating relationships, the agony of indecision, inviting interpretation and internal conversation, and seeking enlightenment.
Walking into the Numinous installation it is as if you entering an extension of the artist herself; the vibrant energy, the glow, the rapid-fire quips, the passages of quiet introspection, the challenges, the questions.
With words as both medium and meaning expressed in a language of light, Noula Diamantopoulos, like some latter day mythic Delphic oracle from her Greek heritage, seeks to connect through posing conundrums. Questions are a format that is integral to her holistic life-practice that integrates visual arts in a range of media, published writing, and counseling and at the heart of the cryptic written-questions-only dialogues of her Quest performances; meditative exchanges, where the ‘noise’ of talking is eliminated. In suppressing the voice, a way can be opened to find it. Enabling a path to be set towards self-awareness and to uncovering what we really understand of the words we use.