Naomi Norris "Keeping it Local"

Moving to Muswellbrook from Bourke five years ago, artist Naomi Norris was struck by the contrast between the two landscapes, so overwhelmed that she immediately began photographing the local area and contemplating an exhibition of artworks based on these photographs.

The body of work that has emerged, that includes paintings, works on paper and three dimensional artworks, reflect local issues - the obvious impacts of the coal industry as alluded to in High Vis Everywhere, the importance of buying local in Just Another Day, and the equine culture captured in The Best Seats.

Norris does not concentrate on any particular medium, subject matter or style in her practice as an artist; her exposure to the art world in a digital age has lead her over the past two years to add a number of new media, including polymer clay, paper cutting and resin, to her regular repertoire of pencil, photography, acrylic and watercolour.

While reflecting only a few short years as a local, Norris’ Keeping it Local urges both locals and visitors to the area to take a closer look and share their own connections to the Hunter Valley. .

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Exhibiting from 2 September to 21 October 2018.

Opening night
6pm Saturday 1 September 2018. Free entry with
refreshments courtesy of Hollydene Estate Wines,
Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

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Artwork: Naomi Norris, The Water is Home
2018 (detail), acrylic on canvas, 76 x 76cm