Rebecca Norton has the sensibility of a person who works from behind the scenes, performing spectacle and illusions to reveal imperceptible tricks of perception. Her practice traverses various media and does not shy from a painter’s way of enrobing (and disrobing) the world. Her aesthetic infuses the hard-edge play of Op art with complex ground/figure relations. In her work, two or more ways of seeing become hinged. The interplay of visual alikeness and difference enhances the properties of symmetry/dissymmetry, flatness/depth, illusion/materiality, light, and color that take up both the space of her paintings and the melange of ephemera she presents sculpturally.
She received her BFA from the University of Louisville in 2004 and her MFA from Art Center College of Design in 2010. Her studio practice today includes painting, sculpture, collaboration (for example Awkward x 2), and new technology. She takes a special interest in color theory, theories of mind, mathematics, and natural phenomena. Rebecca has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her essays have been published in collections through Black Sun Lit and the Duke Franklin Humanities Institute. She has been a contributing writer for The Brooklyn Rail, Arts in Bushwick, and Abstract Critical. Rebecca lives with her husband, two kids, and cat in Louisville, KY. She is the co-curator of The Common Gallery at thefifteenTWELVE Creative Complex and co-founder ofSpore Art Studio, both located in Louisville, KY.