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Norma Greenwood
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Flatbush

Media:Painting;


ARTIST STATEMENT: “Pillows contain our breath and dreams.” The current (enclosed) series, “ Interior Landscapes” is a bridge between being, imagination and experience. Using the bed is a kind of shorthand for calling up associations that speak of intimacy solitude and relationships the shapes are meant to be sensuous, voluptuous. Perhaps the unmade bed captures the shadows left by dreams The subject is both metaphysical, bringing up associations with dreams and the life we live when asleep, and anthropological; traces of that life we lived in our sleep which are left behind in the morning on the unmade bed. In my paintings as well as work in other media, patterns and contrast have always played an important role. My art explores the intersection between abstraction and figuration. There is movement and flow in my work, which has been compared to paintings that characterized the Futurist Art movement. Modern Dance and especially works by Martha Graham often motivate me. Passages of transparency and movement described in my paintings were inspired by Graham’s ballet titled “White Bird”. My work is an invitation to stop for a moment, to breathe, to see the beauty in the details around us.
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  • IDEOLOGICAL CONNECTION
    2011
    oil on canvas
    42 X 38
    From Interior Landscape series. Bedding refers to traditional planting of fields as well as coverings for beds. The pattern also makes reference to The Flag, concealing what lies hidden from view.

  • SUNDAY MORNING
    2011
    OIL ON CANVAS
    36 X 36
    From Interior Landscape series. Bedding refers to traditional planting of fields as well as coverings for beds.

  • BEDSIDE 2
    2013
    OIL ON BOARD
    10 X 8
    From Interior Landscape series. Bedside is a view of the bed from mattress up to pillows on edge of bed. It is an abstract view that is more about light and dark than imagery.

  • DOMESTIC SCENE 3
    2013
    OIL ON CANVAS
    30 X 30
    From Interior Landscape series. Forms can be seen as relationships or as abstract shapes in a composition that deals with triangular forms.

  • STARFALL
    2013
    OIL ON CANVAS
    42 X 42
    From Interior Landscape series. Bedding refers to traditional planting of fields as well as coverings for beds. The pattern also makes reference to stars and sky.

  • COMES AND GOES
    2014
    OIL ON CANVAS
    40 X 40
    From see/unseen series. Image refers to flower or flowing fabric. The composition is abstract and is in opposition to the traditional handling of the flowing form.

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