Julia Norton

Photo by Molly Tierney

ABOUT ME: I paint with natural pigments and dyes, which I forage for and collect from around the world. I am an artist as well as a researcher and educator, with a mission to explore how to use these colors while being mindful of their respective histories and where they come from. The materiality of color, from sources such as minerals and ochres, plants like indigo and goldenrod, and animals like cochineal, tells incredibly rich stories of cultural wealth as well as oppression. Preceding synthetic colors, all colors were from nature up until roughly a few hundred years ago. This fact dictates how we see the world today, how we categorize and make distinctions, in living color. As materials in my practice they are alive on the page, and are as important to the nature of the work as what they portray.