Cathy Bruni Norris
chicago, IL, United States
About Cathy Bruni Norris
Fluid Dynamics – My journey to my current artistic endeavors is one that surprises even me for the twists and turns it seems to have taken. Yet at the same time, my development seemed to be relentless in driving me to where I am now, immersed in “fluid dynamics,” rendering “drip” paintings whose resultant accidental forms take on lives of their own that I examine, extract, and sometimes re-render digitally. More recently I have been “skinning” the layers of pigment and gel medium and creating translucent, stained-glass-window like sheets of pure color and form. My dripping technique, however, is not a conventional one. The drips and splatters of artists like Jackson Pollock and Sam Francis form an art historical background to my work, but my technique involves paint mediums and finishes that I customize to create the distinctive and highly expressive drips that characterize my work...look closely and you can see prisms of colors, tiny landscapes of lines and forms within each drip. These are achieved by a process I invented when transferring the paint from one surface to another, a procedure that seemed the perfect technique to suit my “interpersonal self —the different voices and interests that are contained inside me and motivate me. Dripping was a mesmerizing technique that offered immediate gratification, but there was a drawback— how do I control this technique? After a number of years of experimenting with moving the dripped paint in various ways, creating puddles and coils and sometimes creating imagery such as trees or seascapes or landscapes, I showed some of the work at the Around the Coyote Festival in Wicker Park. I showed pieces that I had sanded to reveal different layers of dripped paint. This work was well-received and I successfully showed these and many other plexi drip paintings at Peter Bartlow Gallery on Superior Street over the years. Some of these works were created on conventional canvas using syringes that could more precisely place the paint. This method helped me realize what I thought of as my “Van Gogh” paintings. Landscape, water lilies, or space imagery predominated.
American Academy of Art- water color, Illustration,
life drawing , fundamentals
Southern Illinois University BA Fine Art and Communications
New Directions 14,Barrett Art Center 29th annual National juried Contemporary Art exhibition, Sept. 27th 2014.
"Warrior Dreams" Jennifer Norback Fine Art Gallery
217 Huron Ave. Chicago , Illinois 8/8 - 8/30