May 18 - August 25, 2019
Visual Arts Center | Jerstad Gallery
Iowa-based artist T.J. Dedeaux-Norris grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and moved away to pursue her career, leaving her detached from her family. Her feelings of isolation only intensified after Hurricane Katrina hit the region. The artworks in to be seen and not heard are Dedeaux-Norris’s way of connecting her past with her present as she approaches portraiture through the lens of distance and longing.
About the Artist
T.J. Dedeaux-Norris (f.k.a. Tameka Jenean Norris) was born in Guam and received her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles and her MFA from Yale University School of Art. Dedeaux-Norris has recently participated in numerous exhibitions and festivals including at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC; Prospect.3 Biennial, New Orleans, LA; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands and Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City, IA, among many others. Dedeaux-Norris has participated in many residencies including at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Grant Wood Art Colony Fellowship. She is the 2017 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa.