The International Studio & Curatorial Program presents Sharon Norwood’s Drawing Room, the first solo exhibition in New York by artist Sharon Norwood. The show is curated by Dr. Petrina Dacres and opens on Thursday, March 24, 2022, with a reception from 6 to 8pm.

Originally from Jamaica, Sharon Norwood migrated to Canada as a child. She creates works that exploit the decorative intentions and joy of mark-making and gesturing, disrupt the White gaze and other passive notions of viewing “the other,” and question standing narratives and systems that shape how identities are understood.

Drawing inspiration from the shape of Black hair, the starting point of Norwood’s work is often a curly line. In her abstract prints and paintings, she intertwines organic lines to act as gestural markings; in her ceramic sculptures and installations, the curly line surfaces in interwoven geometric shapes. Norwood’s formal gestures symbolically reference the Black body and its relationship to politics of labor, beauty, and race.

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

Sharon Norwood’s Drawing Room is on view March 24–May 27, 2022, at ISCP (1040 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, New York).

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