Afro-Canadian artist Sharon Norwood’s “Drawing Room” opens at ISCP


The International Studio & Curatorial Program presents Sharon Norwood’s drawing room, artist Sharon Norwood’s first solo show in New York. The show is led by Dr. Petrina Dacres will curate and open on Thursday, March 24, 2022 with a reception from 6pm to 8pm.

Originally from Jamaica, Sharon Norwood immigrated to Canada as a child. She creates works that exploit decorative intent and the joy of marking and gesturing, disrupting the white stare and other passive notions of looking at “the other,” and questioning existing narratives and systems that shape understandings of identities.

Inspired by the shape of black hair, Norwood’s work often begins with a curly line. In her abstract prints and paintings, she weaves organic lines that act as gestural markers; in her ceramic sculptures and installations, the curved line surfaces in interwoven geometric forms. Norwood’s formal gestures refer symbolically to the black body and its relationship to labor, beauty, and racial politics.

dr Petrina Dacres is a resident of the ISCP’s 2022 Jane Farver Memorial Fund. She is an independent curator and a founding member of Tide Rising Art Projects, an organization formed to support and promote contemporary Caribbean art and film, where she serves as resident curator and educational director. Her work and research focuses on Caribbean art, African diaspora art, public sculpture and monuments, and memory studies. dr Dacres has exhibited at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, New York; the National Museum of Jamaica, Kingston; and National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, among others. She is Director of Art History at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.

Sharon Norwood’s drawing room is on view from March 24 to May 27, 2022 at ISCP (1040 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, New York).

Opening times: By appointment Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To make an appointment, send an email to [email protected]

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