Born 1953, Sydney, New South Wales. Lives and works Sydney.
Susan Norrie’s practice encompasses photography, painting, filmmaking and multimedia installations. Norrie originally trained as a painter at the National Art School, Sydney and the National Gallery School, Melbourne in the 1970s, shifting towards film and installation in the mid-1990s. Norrie’s videos are predominantly metaphoric, combining art, documentary and film.
Norrie represented Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. In the last 20 years she has developed a practice that sees and uses art as a tool for political commentary. The Asia-Pacific has been her focus, incorporating the environmental and humanitarian disasters that have impacted on the region.
Norrie’s selected solo exhibitions include Notes for Transit, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Turin (2011); Notes from Havoc, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Turin (2009); Enola and Shot, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh (2009); HAVOC, Venice Biennale, Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Venice (2007); Black Wind, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Adelaide Festival (2006); Undertow, Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, New Zealand (2004); and Thermostat, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland (2001).
Selected group exhibitions include the Montreal Biennale, Montreal (2015); Biennale of Sydney (2014); Ja Natuurlijk – how art saves the world, Gemeentsemuseum, Den Haag (2013); Porta Nigra, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London (2012); Yokohama Triennale, Tokyo (2011); In the Balance: Art for a Changing World, MCA, Sydney (2010); Rising Tide: Film and Video Works from the MCA Collection, MCA, Sydney (2009); Figuring Landscapes, Tate Modern, London (2008); ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2008); MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain (2007); HAVOC, Artes Mundi Prize, Cardiff, Wales (2007); On Reason and Emotion, 14th Biennale of Sydney (2004); Future Cinema, ICC Intercommunication Center, Tokyo (2003); and Fieldwork, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2002).
Norrie’s work is held nationally in major state and regional collections and a number of international collections.