On the Sun Porch, Heidi Norton’s installation examines the interconnections between humans and the natural world. Inspired by Wave Hill’s grounds and the Sunroom’s architecture, her project comprises photography, sculpture and painting and utilizes glass, transparent films, wax, resin, live plants, and natural light as a medium. As flora and other organic material are displayed and continue to change in large glass panes that resemble specimen slides, the installation examines the tension between preservation and the liminality of time and space. Norton’s work conflates the interior and exterior realms, reality and illusion, and the cycles of life and death.
Heidi Norton is an artist and writer whose 1970s upbringing as a child of New Age homesteaders in West Virginia resulted in a strong connection to the land, plant life and nature. She has had solo exhibitions at the Lubeznik Museum, Elmhurst Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Monique Meloche, Chicago, among others. Group exhibitions include Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Swale House, Governors Island NY, the Knitting Factory, Chicago Cultural Center, La Box Gallery National School of Art France. Her writings and work are included in Art21, BOMB Magazine, Journal for Artistic Research, Grafts by Michael Marder, and the newly released, Why Look at Plants ed. by Giovanni Aloi. She is founder and director of Vantage Points, an art education and portfolio development service geared toward helping students of all ages develop their artistic practice. Norton lives in Brooklyn, NY. She earned a BFA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Learn more about the artist at heidi-norton.com