March 6 – April 8
Struts is so pleased to welcome our Open Studio Artist in Residence, Sharon Norwood. Sharon is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans several media to include painting, drawing, video and ceramics. Born in Jamaica, she grew up in the Caribbean cultural landscape of Toronto. Her practice explores her identity as a Black Caribbean woman. In her work the curly line is both a metaphor for the Black body and a decorative, ornate mark that speaks to drawing.
Norwood’s exhibition record includes solo exhibitions, group collaborations, and site-specific installations. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries in Canada, the US and abroad including Carleton University Museum, the Mint Museum, the High Museum, Atlanta Contemporary, The National Gallery of Jamaica, The Telfair Museum, Canton Museum, and Florida State Museum. She has participated in residencies at the Banff Center, the Gardiner Museum, the McColl Center, Hambidge, Vermont studio center, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her work is included in the permanent collections at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC, The Gardiner Museum Toronto, and Washington and Lee University in Virginia. In 2018 Norwood became a Joan Mitchell grant nominee. Sharon currently maintains a full-time studio practice.
While at Struts gallery Sharon will research the history of New Brunswick and Sackville’s port economy as a major player in the shipbuilding, timber, and marine economies and use sound and video as a means to explore this relationship to Black communities.
Image credit: Hair Matters, Sharon Norwood, 2018.