“I wonder how my act as an artist can resonate with larger natural forces of creation and destruction.”
Natasha Norman’s work is defined, evolved and inspired by the medium and technologies of print. She uses traditional print techniques to grapple with the coded language of contemporary images and interrogates her materials through the process of art making within the printing tradition.
In her latest series, the material qualities of lithographic ink and watercolour have been dissolved and distressed resulting in an horizon-less landscape of marks that evoke the processes of erosion, decay, mining and weathering.
Norman was trained in traditional Western relief and intaglio methods at the University of Cape Town but has subsequently attended a residency in Japan where she was introduced to the Japanese relief print method called Mokuhanga. Her current work is very inspired by this new watercolour print process and has extended into an investigation of the aesthetics of erosion by water.
Norman completed her Honours (2005) and Masters (2011) degree in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. She is a visual studies lecturer, arts writer and practicing artist, lecturing at various institutions and universities in South Africa and published as an independent writer in various journals and South African magazines.
2015 – However, Art Hub Gallery, London; Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, Salon 91 booth; 2014 – Golden Haze at Salon 91, Cape Town; 2013 –Slate Projects at UK Multiplied Print Fair, Christies, London; 2011 – Further Fictions (solo) Commune 1 Gallery, Cape Town; 2010 – Tretchikoff and Me at Salon 91, Cape Town; 2008 – ABSA Atelier Finalist Exhibition, Pretoria; 2007 – The Look of Love (solo) Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town; 2003 – YDEsire, Castle of Goodhope, Cape Town.