Where do I begin? Where do I begin to separate what my work is about, and what I am about as a person? The answer is – I can’t. My work is the physical representation of my life long experiences and questions. It encapsulates my love of nature, my optimism for humanity, my own life philosophy, and my curiosity about the nature of the universe. No matter which medium I am working in - sculpture, painting, or fibre arts - I have always been exploring the same themes. I imagine that I always will.
The juxtaposition of nature and geometric shapes often feature in my work. I am always looking closely at the natural world for clues. Clues to the secrets of the universe. Through looking at the patterns of fractals, and the efficiency of nature’s systems, I can see how geometry is everywhere and in everything. It is the basic building blocks of all that is.
As much as science has learned about the human body, mind, and the nature of consciousness, we still know relatively little. Humans have much more power available to them than they realize. True leverage. We are more than thinking meat suits. When we become quiet, when we stop the noise of our very loud world for even a moment, we can begin to listen. We can begin to listen to nature and what it has been trying to share with us all along. We can begin to listen to the deep wisdom that exists within us all. As we heal our wounds, discover our potential, learn to work together instead of compete, and to work with nature to create the world we want, I believe we will continue to evolve and become so much more. The potential future exists for both a beautiful dream or a horrifying nightmare. I choose to work towards creating the dream in my art practice, and in my world. What you focus on expands.
That leads us to my life philosophy. It is intertwined with everything I touch. The first part of my philosophy is understanding the power of intention. Of using my conscious mind to create the world I want to see. For the past twenty years, I have lived a fairly intentional life. I have always tried to make life choices that align with my values and beliefs, which means often going against the status quo. I believe in questioning everything; our traditions, education systems, political systems, and social constructs. I am a critical thinker who examines everything and throws away anything that doesn’t make sense logically in this day and age. Even if they are my own previous beliefs and habits. This is part of creating the future that I want to see.
The second part is about using our intuition. It is about what we can’t see and touch, that is happening all around us. It is about understanding how the universe works, and trying to work with it, instead of against it. For far too long, humans have fought their way through the world, taking what they see as theirs, destroying anything in their way. There is another way. We can stop trying to control everything. We can let go. We can let go of needing a particular outcome to be happy. We can let go of fear. We can stop worrying. When we stop holding on with a death grip to what we think should be, we can be swept into the stream of the universe. Nature’s efficiency. The flow of life. Things seem to happen coincidentally. Everything works out. Better than you could have imagined. We must let go and trust. We must get out of our own way. And let our intuition watch for the clues to follow.
This is how my work is created. Moment by moment. I make one decision, and the next is based on the previous design choice, keeping my overall desire and values in my heart and mind (intuition and intention) which guides everything. I don’t need to plan it all out beforehand. I simply trust that it will be good in the end, and edit where necessary. I let things flow. I take my time. I am always surprised and delighted with what comes of living and creating this way. Happy accidents. Mining life for the gold in every moment.
Always being creative as a child, Christina Norberg didn't have a true understanding that being an artist could be a real career until she landed in the fine art program of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. After being nurtured there, and a brief time studying at the School of Contemporary Art at Simon Fraser University, she was on her way, and never looked back.
Norberg’s work has been exhibited across Canada, and in 2013, she had her first international exhibition in Bologna, Italy.
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