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John Harlan Norris's avatar John Harlan Norris

During a time in which we are increasingly inundated with virtual representations and digital relationships, a sense of disembodiment can emerge. Our physical forms, once the primary source from which our individual identities arose, have begun to feel tangential. We can now construct ourselves in realms that are no longer determined by our physicality, and in some senses we can transcend our natural characteristics. This new relationship to the body suggests an unprecedented sense of self-determination that can feel at once exhilarating and unnerving. Works such as Undergrounder suggest a form of portraiture that describes the departure of its subjects from their physical entities. Abstract forms and inanimate objects correspond to the human form, but are not bound by its limitations, a prospect full of potential and precarity. I see these works as neither portraits of our physical forms nor the illusory selves we construct, but rather of the mercurial bodies that exist in between.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3"
  • Medium: oil and acrylic on canvas
  • Width: 42"
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 56"