Felicita Norris

The metaphor of confinement is a running theme in my work, which I define as both introspective and nurturing. There is something about the fenced edges of a painting that keep me wondering how much information I can use from one specific moment without telling the whole story. I strategically crop my images to encourage ambiguity and to allow space for the viewer to fill in the blanks. I don’t like to re-create the same piece over and over; I get bored with the idea of sameness because there are so many stories to tell; and yet, there is an element of sameness in using myself/the figure, and orchestrating feelings of unease, that link my works together, for example. This “comfortable confinement” of the familiar also expresses an anxious obsession that my work constantly returns to.