Tameka Norris

Tameka Norris’ work is about finding self-identity, not only in her but others as well, by using painting, video, photography, music, performance, installation, project-based art, the Internet and institutional critique. She navigates the treacherous terrain surrounding women of color in today’s world. Her practice critiques the invisibility of blackness in cultural forms built upon appropriation of popular and sacred black expressions and idioms. As an artist, Norris pulled from her own experiences and being a woman of color in order to address the larger legal and ethical ramifications of maintaining ownership of one’s own self in the face of extermination.

Tameka Norris received an undergraduate degree from the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture in Los Angeles before graduating with an MFA from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, in 2012. Norris has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Rochini Gallery in London, and the 1708 Gallery in Richmond. Her work has been included at the Texas Contemporary in Houston, The Articulated Void in New York, and Expo Chicago in 2015. She is an Adjunct Professor of Art at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. 

Tameka Norris; Lexican Series 1, 2013; mixed media; 12 x 12 in. each
Tameka Norris; Lexican Series 2, 2013; mixed media; 12 x 12 in. each
Tameka Norris; The Many Faces of Meka Jean, 2013; digital prints on Dibond; 5 x 9 in. each
Tameka Norris; Purple Painting, 2011; single-channel video with sound; 3:31 min
Tameka Norris; Wash N Dry, 2015; digital print; 8 x 13 1/2 in