Chiaroscuro is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new sculpture by Nora Naranjo Morse in September 2012. The show will feature new work made from recycled mixed media, such as metal wire and twine. The body of work is a major departure from Naranjo Morse's well known ceramic forms, yet it incorporates her distinct aesthetic and mastery of the sculptural form.
Naranjo Morse's most recent installation and film project, "Always Becoming" can be seen at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The project includes an outdoor installation of five large scale sculptures made from natural materials like straw, sand, wood and clay, and a feature length documentary film that expands on Naranjo Morse's theme of community and cultural identity. Visit, http://nmai.si.edu/alwaysbecoming/AlwaysBecoming.html, for more information.
Nora Naranjo Morse has earned an international reputation as a contemporary artist whose work examines the changing social landscape of Native life. She is part of a well-known extended family of Santa Clara Pueblo potters whose matriarch was Rose Naranjo. Naranjo Morse began her career working with clay but has expanded her repertoire to include other sculptural materials, painting, poetry and most recently video and film.
Her work has been exhibited in numerous museums across the country including the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC) and the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ).