Natasha Norman (b. 1982) is an artist.
My work is deeply inspired by my experiences of the natural world. In the manifestation of the shifting layers and planes of marks and tones is an elementary, sensory memory of place. My artistic subjectivity is influenced by my experience of Shinto and Zen philosophies concerning the relationship between humans and nature. I hope to engage an empathic imagination in my practice that I believe is vital to recovering humanity’s concern with ecology and environmental wellbeing.
My practice is informed by the medium and technologies of printmedia. 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 practice responds to this reality and questions how art can challenge perceptions of viewing and understanding the world around us.
I am predominantly a relief print artist specializing in woodcut and monotype print. I was trained in traditional Western relief and intaglio methods at the University of Cape Town (MFA 2011). In 2014 and 2017 I attended residencies in Japan where I trained in 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 at various institutions and universities in South Africa and published as an independent writer. For a full list of exhibitions and published texts please see my CV.