I was introduced to John Harlan Norris from a friend who heard about his work down in the NOLA area. Much to my delight, not only is his work a lot of fun to take in, but his artist statement isn’t a bunch of bullshit. It’s actually really lovely, and offers the viewer a little guidance when taking in and understanding his work. In part it reads:
“We all experience moments in which the roles we play in our daily lives come to define us in powerful ways. In the pursuit of prosperity, leisure, social status, and personal meaning, we often assume identities that both define and fail to define us. My current body of work explores the possibilities and limitations of our daily occupations at a time in which we frequently change jobs, balance multiple roles, and cannot easily delineate between private and public life…”
I know I shouldn’t be surprised when I read a nicely constructed and useful artist statement, but…there it is.