Natasha Norman delights in balancing image making with viewer imagination by exploring how a collection of marks on paper can evoke something greater than a representation. She draws on sensory memory, art historical knowledge and the haptic quality of her materials to evoke experiences and emotion. Her practice engages the relationship between material and experience. The materials she uses as an artist are brought into relationship with her experiences of the sea. She interrogates how her actions as an artist can resonate with larger natural forces such as the ocean.
Norman is consistently inspired by the medium and challenges of technologies of print. She was trained in traditional Western print methods at the University of Cape Town and has attended residencies in Japan to study the Japanese relief print method called Mokuhanga. Her current work is very inspired by this watercolour print process, which has lead to an extended investigation of the watercolour medium.
Norman completed her Honours (2005) and Masters (2011) degree in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. She is a lecturer, arts writer and practicing artist, having lectured at various institutions and universities in South Africa and published as an independent writer in various journals and South African magazines.
Exhibitions | Awards | Residencies
2018 – ‘SEE ART: Contemporary Abstract’ at Gallery 2, Johannesburg. Cape Town Art Fair, SA Print Gallery booth; ‘February Edition’ at CfSHE Gallery, Tokyo. 2017 – Searching for Mokuhanga Light: Globalizing Japanese Woodblock Printmaking, Hawaii and Cyprus, Greece; Presenting Artists at the Centre for the Science of Human Endeavour, Tokyo, Japan; ‘Field’ at Salon 91 Gallery, Cape Town. 2016 – ‘Nano’, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town. 2015 – However, Art Hub Gallery, London; Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, Salon 91 booth; ‘Death Speaks’ 6 Spin Street, Cape Town, curated exhibition. 2014 – Golden Haze at Salon 91, Cape Town; 2013 –Slate Projects at UK Multiplied Print Fair, Christies, London; ‘Between the Lines’ at Michaelis Galleries (as part of symposium). 2011 – Further Fictions (solo) Commune 1 Gallery, Cape Town; ‘Judgement Pending’ at AVA Gallery, Cape Town. 2010 – Tretchikoff and Me at Salon 91, Cape Town; ‘Ways of Seeing’ at Ore Gallery, Cape Town. 2008 – ABSA Atelier Finalist Exhibition, Pretoria; 2007 – The Look of Love (solo) Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town; ‘Contusion’ at Irma Stern Museum, University of Cape Town; Sasol New Signatures Finalists’ exhibition in Pretoria. 2003 – YDEsire, Castle of Goodhope, Cape Town.