“Yanique Norman embodies meaning in her use of materials and approach to the college process—providing a reifying look at blackness as unorthodox life progression, in what she deems ‘Black Fungibility.'” – Faron Manuel, Independent Curator and Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowships Program Coordinator, High Museum of Art
“Zipporah Camille Thompson and Yanique Norman each have exciting and conceptually strong bodies of work that are ripe for even further exploration and development at this stage in their respective careers.” – Lauren Tate Baeza, Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art, High Museum of Art
Yanique Norman (B. 1981, Spanish Town, Jamaica) earned a BFA at Georgia State University (2014) and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2018). Norman is a grantee from the National Museum of Women in the Arts Georgia grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency grant and the Susan Antinori Visual Artist grant. Her work is also included in the collections of the High Museum, Hammonds House Museum and Clark Atlanta University Art Museum. Norman’s multimedia practice nestles work within the confines of a fantastical mycology and Black Fungibility, so as to better understand how the physiognomy of the black psychological body changes and adapts itself when placed in extreme whitened conditions. Her work interrogates certain nationalistic ideologies by defacing the historical portraits of US First Ladies. Here, their infamous monarchical heads are zombified and infected crowns are subsequently blackened with the mugshots of incarcerated women of color.