Emerging Ideas

Joseph Norman: Superorganism

“I am exploring adult fairytale narrative to develop the landscape as a dramaturgic and anthropomorphic element wherein all forms of life are connected through energy conversion, growth and decay.”

‘Dandelion Meeting’, digital concept painting, 2017

 

‘Seeds and Stars’, digital concept painting, 2017

 

‘Death of a Field’, digital concept painting, 2017

 

‘Petal Body’, digital concept painting, 2017

 

‘Mother Nature Rave’, digital concept painting, 2017

Artist’s Statement:

I am an early stage practice-led PhD researcher at the School of Art, Portsmouth University. My research involves making a short-form animated film on the human connection with Nature in the context of the anthropocene. I am exploring adult fairytale narrative to develop the landscape as a dramaturgic and anthropomorphic element wherein all forms of life are connected through energy conversion, growth and decay. The web of life connection is developed through bodily transformation and mutation between humans, animals and plants, and the grotesque body, whose ‘dirty’ functionality is juxtaposed with the historical construction of Nature.

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Bio Details:

I am a fine art animator: my research focuses on the human relationship with Nature in the anthropocene. My approach fuses grotesque fairytale with scientific commentary on the environment, suffused with sensuality and tactile use of materials.  The narrative explores the infiltration of the purity of Mother Nature by industrial pollution and commodified lifestyles. I have previously worked on animated music videos, documentaries and serious online games.

Education:

2016 Started practice-led PhD in art and animation at Portsmouth University.

2009 MA Animation: University of Glamorgan

1991 BA Hons Fine Art: Newcastle Polytechnic

https://www.artstation.com/josephnorman

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All images copyright and courtesy of Joseph Norman

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