Felicita Norris

My paintings begin as reactions to personal experiences, although the images and themes represented are not strictly autobiographical. By using everyday situations, symbols, spaces and objects, I hope to reveal the complexities of the familiar to prompt curiosity and to draw the viewer inward. Employing a series of multimedia processes, my paintings become a stage for figures and objects in confined spaces, depicting, at times, unsettling images that respond to social constructions and institutions, where the common thread is that the personal is political.

I am influenced by my dreams, pop culture, socio-economics and behavioral psychology. I am also attracted to painting desolate mindscapes and "confinement" as introspective and nurturing. Although I also incorporate performance and photography in my work, the end result is a painting because of its tactility; it is not immediate, but rather, meditative and cathartic. Creating relatable narratives is important to me as it leads to a more communal and healing experience. Layers of “self" are embedded in my work to add a depth and sincerity that can’t come without being who I am...