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Heidi Norton (American, born 1977, lives NYC) is an artist and writer whose 1970’s upbringing as a child of New Age homesteaders in West Virginia resulted in a strong connection to the land, plant life and nature. Heidi's work intertwines materials such as wax, glass and resin with plant life and organic matter. She received her BFA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was a recipient of a residency at Elmhurst Art Museum where her exhibition, Prismatic Nature, a major site responsive exhibition was on view. Her writings and work are included in the Journal for Artistic Research, Grafts by Michael Marder, and newly released, Why Look at Plants ed. by Giovanni Aloi. She was featured in Art21’s Revolution issue Homesteading as Art and Revolution, where she discusses the relationship between her art and culture. Her most recent illustrated essay, The Faceless Plant: A Sketch for Timothy Morton, is in a recent issue of BOMB Magazine.
Heidi worked with plant philosopher Micheal Marder on the study of plants as thinkers and responders and also traveled to Bourges, France to participate in the exhibition Ghost Nature at the National School of the Arts. There she researched the natural water structures, primarily concentrating on the marsh systems. Heidi's work has been included in various national and international solo and group exhibitions. Solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Monique Meloche Gallery Chicago, among others. Selective group exhibitions include Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, GRIMM NY, the Knitting Factory, Chicago Cultural Center, Ohio State University, Gallery 400 University of Illinois Chicago, La Box Gallery National School of Art France, her most recent being Undulations, as part of “Nature Now” at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, IN. Her work can be found on ArtFair and Studio Archive Project as well as in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Joyce Foundation and numerous private collections. She is an adjunct professor at FIT and International Center of Photography
Artwork image information: Heidi Norton, Prisms, site specific installation Ace Hotel, NY, 2019; The Grass is Always Greener, Vinyl coated wallpaper, 180 sq feet, Ed of 4, 2019; Inside Out (Endosymbiosis), Glass, resin, vinyl, photographic prints, mix media, plants, shelf, 62x13x2.5, 2019; Break on Through, Glass, resin, plants wall shelf, 36 x 52, 2019