Norm Paris creates sculptures, drawings, and mixed-media works that explore his complicated relationship to popular culture of the recent past, focusing on objects, iconography, and mythology that alternately aggrandize and diminish historical figures over time. Paris re-envisions once heroic figures as relics, ruins, and absences; these bygone icons—once-celebrated athletes and musicians sourced from a mix of personal and public mythologies—are used as vessels to be modeled, covered, crated, or redacted. He alternately renders and obscures his iconography through the labor-intensive processes of hand-modeling, casting, and erasure.
Born 1978, Cleveland, Ohio
2002 MFA Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut
2000 BFA Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
1999 Yale at Norfolk Summer School of Art, Norfolk, Connecticut