Polly Norman’s painting, “Razzmatazz” was selected for Gamut Gallery’s C4W Exhibition and abstract photo, “Triad” was chosen for Artistry’s Annual Juried Exhibition. Both shows are in October-November 2018. Also, included in this year’s State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, was Norman’s “Double Dancer.”
"Dances Through Glass" is a retrospective of 25 years of Polly Norman's art making. The book includes 44 full page images of her artwork. A personal essay at the beginning of the book, "Soaring and Crashing," describes her struggles with anxiety, depression and mania.
The artwork is divided into three groupings according to their reflected dance styles. Art historian and critic, Bianca Sandino writes an overall introduction and detailed descriptions introducing each section. An interview and essay by George Slade, Photography Historian is also included.
For more information and to order the book: www.pollynormanart.com/book/
Polly Norman will present pieces from her new collection of abstract photography during Art-A-Whirl at ChinDian Gallery, 1500 E. Hennepin in Minneapolis. This group show also features work by 7 other local artists.
Art-A-Whirl is presented by NEMAA (Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association) and is a three day open studio event in Minneapolis. It is the largest open studio tour in the nation! Directories and Maps are available at https://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl.
Friday, May 19 - 5:00-10:00PM; Saturday, May 20 - Noon -8:00PM; Sunday, May 21 - Noon-5:00PM.
This month, the City of Edina takes a closer look at Polly Norman's "Rock Dance."
"Rock Dance" lives at Edina City Hall in the Administration Office.
Norman talks about the piece as well as her process for making her newer abstract photographs. Included is a tour of Norman's studio.
Polly Norman is definitely her mother's daughter. From the same facial features and body type she and her mom share to the anxious minds they both bear, Norman considers her mom her "soulmate."
"I inherited anxiety disorder from my mother, which over the years has occasionally led me to suffer from panic attacks that left me paralyzed with fear. Then there was depression - long periods of it," she said.
And that wasn't all. For Norman, there was also craziness and chaos as she struggled to deal with mood swings she didn't understand until she sought treatment.
The show’s more conventional pieces are deftly executed, too. Polly Norman cleverly plays with scale in “Lifesavers,” a black-and-white photo that she has saturated with color and printed on canvas. At more than 3 feet square, it gleams with bright hues — orange, blue, olive — that enhance the visual puns in doughnut shapes that could be candies, swimming pool toys or both.