Erika Norris holds an MA in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths' College (University of London and LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore) and a BA from the Gallatin School of Independent Study at NYU. While studying in Singapore, Erika participated in the 6th Tropical Lab and had a piece selected for the 2013 Best Picks: Painting/Mixed Media gallery for the International Emerging Artist Award. In 2014, she was a finalist in the Ryan James Fine Arts juried show and a graduate of the Artist Trust Professional Development Program. She has shown in Washington, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Partly autobiographical, my artwork is motivated by a lifelong interest in the ambiguous nature of identity; navigating the tenuous place between internal and external expectations and the struggle for self-definition. In essence, my work is about the pursuit to understand, define, and convey one’s own self and existence.
I purposefully choose not to represent the human form in my artwork. Rather than drawing the figure directly, my exploration into the self looks at identity through environment and embodiment. I build obscurity in my works by intentionally distorting, omitting, manipulating, chewing, or displacing my subjects.