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Perception, Catalyst Contemporary, Baltimore, MD

Symbiosis, Art & Nature, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes DE


Growth Determined, Hot-Bed, Philadelphia PA


Endangered, Rehoboth Art League, Henlopen DE


W I O I N, What is Old is New, Tennessee Tech, Cookeville TN


Biological. Kate Norris, Bismark/Wilson Gallery, Baltimore MD


New Work, The Alchemy of Art, Baltimore MD


Resplendent, Creative Alliance, Baltimore MD


Little Pieces, Live2Eat Gallery, Baltimore MD


New Work: Nature, Bismark/Wilson Gallery, Baltimore MD


Kate Norris; Realm of the Spirit, Minas Gallery, Baltimore MD

 

Introducing, Clayton Galleries Inc., Tampa FL


Color, Beck Gallery, Tampa FL


Views, Villa Julie College, Stevenson MD


Kate Norris, Bismark/Wilson Gallery, Baltimore MD


Recent Paintings, School of Visual Arts Galleries, New York NY


Expressions, Tressider Union, Stanford University, Stanford CA

KATE NORRIS

Kate Norris, Detail of Everyman, collaged wallpaper, 2021, 60 x 48 inches

KATE NORRIS

BIOGRAPHY

Lives and works in Baltimore, MD

Bend, OR, 1960

MFA Painting, School of Visual Arts in New York, New York

BA Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

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Kate Norris tears up floral, toile, and Chinoiserie wallpapers separating each vignette, or object, and combines fragments to create wholly new images that are disconnected from the wallpaper’s original subject matter. Toile patterns historically feature pastoral scenes from travels abroad, farm life, and hunting scenes in the country, printed in one color in repeat on a light background. Chinoiserie is similar, but its designs do not repeat—they are more like a mural—and depict European ideas of what the exotic Far East might look like. Toiles, in particular, are popular today and one can find contemporary toile patterns that show everything from Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee to The Mandalorian. In Norris’ hands, the ripped fragments tell myriad stories through new juxtapositions that aggregate to form a greater whole, often larger-than-life figures and heads seen as anatomical skeletons or flayed bodies. She creates cognitive dissonance by using wallpaper imagery meant to be pleasant reminders of one’s leisure travels, or favorite things, and transforms them into anatomical specimens. At once beautiful and thoughtful, the images are also stark. The collages shatter the societal complacency contained within the wallpaper’s imagery and transform into a universal common denominator: our physiology and shared humanity. In a way, viewers can decide on the level of interaction: they can get involved in the micro scenarios up close or take in the whole image from a distance. Or thrill at both.

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