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Jude Norris: Roots, Scars, Nests & Tines;
New Positions, Timeless Paradigms

Campbell River & District Public Art Gallery
Campbell River BC – Apr 13-May 18, 2007

Jude Norris - His Nest

Jude Norris, His Nest (2006), sapling sticks, sinew, fur (old hat), fabric, wool, glass ball [Campbell River Art Gallery, Apr 13-May 18]

Jude Norris is a multimedia artist from Alberta, with a self-described heritage of Cree/Little Russian/Anishnawbe/
Scottish/Gypsy/Métis. Her cultural affiliation is Plains Cree and she currently lives in Toronto. Norris’ artwork represents contradictions in living as an indigenous person in a contemporary colonial environment.

This exhibition, Roots, Scars, Nests & Tines; New Positions, Timeless Paradigms, brings together multi-disciplinary pieces from four series. The natural materials that inspire her “soft architectures” and canvases include real animal antlers; “wounds” that have been “healed” with sinew stitching; natural and manufactured materials twisted into braids; and stick frames and nests built with ribbons, strips of beadwork, fur, fake hair, rubber or wool. The materials reflect traditional connections with First Nations art but the pieces themselves – including sculptures, wall pieces and video installations – emulate contemporary art practices. The artist declares, “I collaborate” with objects and images gathered from the land and animals, and reposition them in ‘art world’ contexts that emphasize their physical beauty, but also poke quiet but serious ‘fun’ at their misplacement.”

Jude Norris - His Nest (detail)
Jude Norris, His Nest (detail) (2006), sapling sticks, sinew, fur (old hat), fabric, wool, glass ball [Campbell River Art Gallery, Apr 13-May 18]

Norris studied integrated media at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto, Ontario and art at Middlesex University and Kensington & Chelsea College, in London, England. Her videos have been screened extensively at events across Canada. Her work has been exhibited internationally.

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Mia Johnson

 Fri, Apr 6, 2007