2016 AUTUMN EXHIBIT
Norleen Nosri was born and raised in Malaysia, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1997 to study art. After exploring various media at Columbia College and then University of Missouri, she found in ceramics a set of material qualities that lent themselves to visual discussion of her relocation and adjustment to a second culture. Duality is central in her work; we see in each sculpture two distinct clay bodies, two methods, and two types of form. Two cultures, one artist. Nosri carefully pairs light and dark, fragile and solid, smooth and rough, all while anchoring families of smaller vessels in protective, boat-like forms. Atop her emigration / immigration allegory sits a technically functional tea set, inviting use, ritual, and social connection.