With the use of lines in her work, winter/spring 2021 artist-in-residence Sharon Norwood unravels relationships between postcolonial structures, systems of power, and how they implicate assumptions of “the other”. Join Norwood and Jonell Logan, Creative Director at McColl Center, in a conversation on the notions of “otherness”. In questioning those systems that shape understanding of identity, Norwood will talk about the need to express the racial, social, political, and cultural histories of Black people in her work.
About the artist:
Sharon Norwood’s work invites the viewer to consider our relationships to the real world history of “otherness” by reframing familiar narratives and providing an alternate context for contemplation. We are different yet inexplicably connected in our intertwined histories, and Norwood’s work seeks to interrogate those spaces that both fracture and unite our understanding of self and “otherness.” In her work the curly line takes on special importance; at times it becomes a metaphor for the black body, while at other times it lives within a decorative, ornate space that connects us back to the formal language of drawing and mark making.
Image at top: (L) Sharon Norwood, credit Mathew Adams. Courtesy of the artist. (R) Jonell Logan, courtesy of Jonell Logan.