Opening reception - "Collage", a solo exhibition of work by Kate Norris at Peninsula Gallery

May 30th, 2020 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

"Symbiosis: Art and Nature",  A solo exhibition of Mixed Media Collage by Kate Norris 
May 30 - June 21

In their upcoming exhibition, the Peninsula Gallery will introduce a new artist whose unconventional medium is sure to stir up excitement. Kate Norris is a mixed media collage artist from Baltimore, working primarily with wallpaper to create spectacular images of flora and fauna.

One compelling aspect of Norris’ work is her use of vintage wallpaper adorned with 16th-19th century scientific and naturalist illustrations. She uses these images as jumping-off points for the subjects of her own work, creating labyrinthine layers of symbolism. The artist says, “The scientific illustrations are a challenge to myself, ‘Can I represent this image using pieces of wallpaper?” Kate’s process begins with a loose under-drawing on canvas. While this step is integral in composing the layout, she often follows her artistic intuition and strays from the drawing as she applies paper. She starts her collages with stockpiles of pre-ripped materials. Nearer the final stages, she rips as she goes, getting more strategic and giving specific attention to color and value, as well as the images within the wallpaper print. This intricate process of finding art within the art gives Kate’s viewer an endless journey through each creation.

While much of Norris’s inspiration evolves from her materials, her cognitive connection to her animal, insect, and human subjects are rooted much deeper. This is expressed through the exhibition title, “Symbiosis: Art and Nature.” The artist states, “Symbiosis is the interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both. While not different organisms per se, art and nature are fused in my work. I give homage to the wonders found in nature.” One of Kate’s common subjects are skulls, which take on a hopeful meaning in her collection, through her choice of lively and floral paper design. She says, “Skulls speak to the life cycle. Though my skulls suggest death, upon close inspection they reveal an abundance of life within.”

The exhibition will run from Saturday, May 30th through June 21st. In order to protect the health of the gallery patrons, there will be no opening reception. If the gallery is closed during these dates due to safety shutdowns, visitors may contact the gallery owners and view the show by appointment. Please email Carol and Tony at [email protected]. The entire show can be previewed on the gallery website, Works are available for purchase as soon as they are posted to the website. For more information call 302-645-0551 or email. The gallery is located in the Shops at the Beacon, 520 East Savannah Rd. Lewes.

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