Sunday, March 10, 2013

iRuder_03 Heidi Norton

Heidi Norton is an artist and educator working today out of Chicago. She received her BFA from the University of Maryland and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she currently is an instructor of photography. Norton's work has been exhibited throughout the United States; she also has work in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.

Between New Moons (2011)
Installation, HungryMan San Francisco

Circle Template for Glass Sculpture (2011)
Archival pigment print, 19 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches

Controlled Environments (2012)
Installation, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art

Soft Smoke Rises In Gay Rings (2011)
Installation, Bodega, Philadelphia

Untitled (2011)
Wax and mixed media

Black Smoke Monster with Snake Plants (2011)
Glass, resin, plant, mixed media, 36x58x16 inches.

Norton frequently incorporates living plants into her sculptures. Her work plays with the relationship between what is sculpture, what is documentation, and what is photography. Some of her work is described as documentation of installations, but some of it is described as photography. She creates work with dual functions - there is no difference in the physical set up. The still lifes that are photographed could serve as sculptural installations, just as the sculptural installations can / do serve as photography. Her work not only stands out because of this play, but also its use of mixed media and living plants. It is clean, modern, and can fit into many categories.

More of Heidi Norton's work can be seen on her website -

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