S.J (Sarah-Jane) Norman (b. 1984) is a cross-disciplinary artist and writer. Their career has so far spanned 15 years and has embraced a diversity of disciplines and formal outcomes, including solo and ensemble performance, installation, sculpture, text, video and sound. They are a non-binary transmasculine person and a diasporic Koori, born on Gadigal land. Their practice is routed through the volatile interstices of the social and the corporeal. Working extensively with durational and spatial practices, as well as intimate/one-to-one frameworks, Norman's primary medium is the body: the body as a spectacle of truth and a theatre of fantasy; a siphon of personal and collective memory; an organism with which we are infinitely familiar and eternally estranged; a site which is equally loaded and empty of meaning, where histories, narratives, desires and discourses converge and collapse. Norman frequently utilises relational and process-based choreographies as a mode of structural critique: reflected in their work is an abiding interest in the space between bodies, the forces that occupy it, and how the live act might be utilised as a mean to examine, disrupt and re-inscribe prevailing systems of social power. Norman seeks through much of their work to implicate the body of the audience and the body of the performer as co-agents in magickal acts, through which they seek to forge hybrid languages of ritual and knowledge-making.
Norman has toured, exhibited, performed and spoken about their work at Venice International Performance Week (IT), Spill Festival of Live Art (UK), Performance Space New York (US), Fierce Festival (UK), In Between Time (UK), Arnolfini (UK), Live Works (AU), Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AU), Edinburgh Festival (UK) and Brisbane International Festival (AU), Melbourne Festival (AU), Dancehouse (AU), Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (AU) and Tate Modern (UK), the Science Gallery London (UK), Die Fabrikanten (AT), and the Festival of Live Art (AU), to name a few. Their trajectory as an artist has largely been fostered outside of institutional education and under the direct mentorship of numerous artistic Elders, esteemed performance artists such as Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Yoshito Ohno, Akaji Maro and Marina Abramovic counted among them. They have received numerous honours for both their art and their writing, most recently a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.
Aside from their artistic practice they are also a writer of fiction, essays and poetry. Their work has been published and commissioned by Meanjin, Overland, Stylus, The Cultural Studies Review, The Red Room Company, the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Quarterly and Realtime to name a few. They have won or placed in numerous literary awards, including: The Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction (Longlisted) 2018; The Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award, 2017, (Winner); The 2017 ABR/Elizabeth Jolley Award for Short Story (Longlisted); Overland/Judith Wright Prize for Poetry (1st Runner Up and High Commendation) 2008 and 2009, and the 2007 The DJ (Dinny) O'Hearn Award. Writing as Onyx B. Carmine, they are currently represented as a fiction author by literary agency Curtis Brown. Their award-winning first collection of short fiction is forthcoming in 2020.
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