Natasha Norman (b 1982) is an artist.
I currently work in Mokuhanga (Japanese waterbased woodblock printing) and monotype print techniques.
My work focuses on an experiential vision of landscape. I employ subtle haptic mark-making processes that seek to evoke an imaginative sensation of water, earth and air through the technologies of paint and print.
My work is informed by the medium and technologies of printmedia. I am interested in proposals about perception. My practice consistently aims to challenge conventions of viewing the two dimensional image. I often work against (or deeply within) the hallowed conventions of perspective, figuration and content: forcing a viewer to engage physically and/or imaginatively when viewing my works. Contemporary visual technology has enabled us to ‘see’ things beyond traditional vision. My works respond to this reality and consistently question how art can challenge perceptions of viewing and understanding form as a way of remarking upon realities mediated by data, screens and GIS systems.
I use traditional print techniques to grapple with the language of contemporary images. I am predominantly a relief print artist specializing in woodcut print. I was trained in traditional Western relief and intaglio methods at the University of Cape Town (MFA 2011). In 2014 I attended a residency in Japan where I was introduced to the Japanese relief print method called Mokuhanga. I constantly grapple with the communicative potential of materials used in the processes of print making – from the simple woodblock print to the digital inkjet, industrial lithographic press or watercolour monotype.
I have lectured in art history, printmedia and art theory at universities and private colleges within South Africa. I publish as an independent writer in various South African magazines, journals or online platforms and currently do freelance writing for South African artists and galleries.
Link to Mokuhanga Kai, South African centre for Mokuhanga practice as endorsed by the Japanese Consulate of Cape Town.