My work acts as a code. I draw from symbols of my rural background in North Dakota, twisting and collaging them into new forms. I don’t reject my past; if anything, it haunts me. I want to translate the tension between North Dakota and California into my work. By mashing together different artistic styles, I can create a hybridized identity not just for myself but for others like me. I search for community through art. I want my personal experience to be universal even if it fails.
Dakota Noot was raised in Bismarck, North Dakota. He graduated with a BFA and teaching licensure in 2015. He will graduate with an MFA in 2017, focusing on drawing and painting. His work has been shown both in North Dakota and California.