Norma Callicott

Sherwood Park

September 1, 2020

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Norma started her artistic journey over 20 years ago working in oils, acrylics and pastel. She started exploring various mixed mediums and processes since retiring in 2016 and fell in love with working with altered paper to create paper collage. She alters the pages of discarded magazine pages by melting the ink with a solution, then drying the pages outside on a clothesline on bright summer days. The result is an interesting array of texture and pattern, some of which she manipulates to the desired result. As she sits at her studio table, the pages in front of her speak to her and inspire. Memories and emotion come out, as each tells a unique story. The works are an abstract, surreal vision, inspired by the landscape around her. Using recycled materials on Canadian made birch panel are important and meaningful elements to her art.

She is currently working on a series of collage works that incorporates beach garbage collected on several vacations. One of these beach garbage works, “Floating Into My Demise” was juried into the International Society of Experimental Artists 2020 Annual Show. Her collage “Patterns of Fall” won the Grand Prize in the Citrasolv 2020 Color My World 2 Competition. In 2003, she was honored to win the Vivian Thierfelder Trophy at the Alberta Orchid Society Show for her work, “Cattleya Hawaiian Sunset”. In 2003 she was awarded a commission to paint a work of the province’s official stone, petrified wood, for the 2004 Alberta Environment Week poster. Her work, “Daily Chores”, a serene scene from the Ukrainian Cultural Village is part of the Strathcona County Permanent Art Collection.