Char Norman: "Natura Deitatis"
From 11-11-2014 To 12-12-2014
Char Norman: Natura Deitatis
November 11 - December 12, 2014
Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 11, 6:00 pm
Char Norman is an accomplished fiber artist specializing in papermaking and fiber sculpture. She received a Master of Fine Art from Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Art from Scripps College. She has lectured and exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. She has developed and conducted workshops for all ages, worked as a consultant to area schools and community arts organizations and has held the position of Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty at Columbus College of Art & Design. Her work can be seen at www.charnorman.com
The idea of Nature as an object of veneration and worship is as old as man. Numerous religions and cultures have built upon this notion- even as some religions have evolved, pagan roots are still evident. Tied into the worship of nature is the idea of the inter-connectedness of all things with none dominant over the other. As our society and world are facing an environmental crisis which may even lead to our demise it is more important than ever to understand this symbiotic relationship and embrace eco-psychology. I present nature in sacred spaces and attitudes as a way to bring understanding and importance to the issues at hand.
The work is created through a labor-intensive almost meditative process. The making of the paper is an act of worship and reconstruction of plant fibers; embedded within are healing herbs. The sewing of layers and natural elements to the surface references mending of worn or damaged goods as well as the nurturing action of women’s work. The many layers within the work denote the layers of religious history from paganism to Etruscan to roman to contemporary Christianity.
In the pieces incorporating maps, I am literally and figuratively sewing nature back into the urban environment. Just as these processes and materials are woven together, the interconnectedness and the sanctity of nature are reinforced.