Kate Norris

Mixed Media Collage

Vintage wallpapers and sixteenth to twentieth century scientific illustrations take on a new life in my mixed media collages. I give historic scientific illustrations a new perspective through the unexpected piecing and pasting of ripped images from wallpaper. I create a new whole, with new meaning, offering the viewer the freedom to form their own interpretations and associations by way of my combining images. 

I wed the style of the wallpaper with the scientific illustrations in order to simulate the texture of the subjects, be it a bee, a human skull or a great blue heron. Each artwork has a unique ambiance and tale. Within every piece a history is unveiled, rousing in the viewer a sense of wonderment and surprise.

-Kate Norris