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Tameka Norris

Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath–Force of Nature
Glyndor Gallery | June 7– September 7, 2015

 

Pictured above: Bernadine, 2014, oil and acrylic on fabric , 52" x 82". Courtesy of the artist and Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, NY

 

Tameka Norris’s canvases are a patchwork of stitched fabrics that explore her direct relationship to the post-Katrina landscape of New Orleans. On assorted textiles, she paints images that represent the homes and neighborhoods of her childhood, incorporating West African block prints, bed sheets, the Piggly Wiggly supermarket mascot and the American flag. Stretched and draped over exposed wooden stretchers, the cloth alternately reveals and disguises the framework. In paintings like Bernadine, Norris attempts to reconstruct memories of the devastated areas of New Orleans and other Gulf Coast cities, sections of which are now undergoing swift gentrification. According to the artist, “Through the work, I wanted to remember and remap those places so that they do not disappear. In a way, I wanted to place them somehow back into my world.” As the waves of demolition and rebuilding destroy the references in Norris’s paintings, the communities left in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath are also forced to struggle with progress and change.

Norris has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, and Lombard Freid (now Jane Lombard) Gallery, New York, NY. Recent group shows include Prospect 1.5, Prospect 2 and Prospect 3 New Orleans Biennials; a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), Brooklyn, NY; and Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Norris earned a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT. She participated in the residency program at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.