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Artist Statement

My work often deals with issues of identity where I use the line as a way to explore complex relationships. My aim is to create works that challenge our passive ways of looking. The subject of my work comes from my own narrative with social, political and cultural content, past and present. I am interested in creating a dialogue that speak in nuanced ways to issues of race, gender, beauty and class. In my work the curly line takes on special importance. The curly line at times becomes a metaphor for the black body, and at other times it lives within the decorative, ornate language that connects us back to the formal language of drawing. I enjoy the shift between hair and line, how at one moment the work is read as hair while at other times it is simply a beautiful mark. The line serves dually. It is as gestural mark and at the same time, it is a signifier for curly afro hair. 
My works are largely experimental I work intuitively, letting my ideas inform my process and choice of materials. The work exists in various media including painting, drawing, video, ceramic and site specific installations.

Sharon Norwood is a Canadian artist, of Jamaican ancestry raised in Toronto. She currently maintains her Art practice between Florida and Georgia. Sharon holds a BFA in painting from the University of South Florida, and an MFA in studio Art from Florida State University. She has exhibited internationally, in Canada, Germany, the United States and Jamaica. Her noted achievements include artist presentation at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg Florida, participation at the National Gallery of Jamaica’s 2012 and 2017 Biennials, NCECA’s 2016 juried Student exhibition and the 2016 Atlanta Biennial. Sharon is the recipient of numerous awards.


1. Sharon Norwood

"Twice as Nice," 2018

Custom decal on Fine China

3.75 x 8.5 in

3. Sharon Norwood

"Stranded," 2018

Ceramic installation, glazed porcelain, gold luster

4 x 8 x 6 in

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2. Sharon Norwood

Title, date



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4. Sharon Norwood

"The Root of The Matter IV," 2016
Digital Collage on Water Color paper

19 x 13 in

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1. Sharon Norwood

"The Root of The Matter II," 2016

Digital Collage on Water Color Paper

19 x 13 in

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2. Sharon Norwood

"The Root of The Matter," 2016

Digital Collage on Water Color Paper

19 x 13 in

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