Stephanie D. Norberg

I create work that uses symbolism, assimilates contemporary culture, questions the notions of value and worth, and touches upon the general spirituality and self-identification of contemporary culture. Creating a space to introduce personal narrative, emotions and beliefs, I communicate a specific moment in time or a larger narrative at work. I’m interested in the ephemeral being memorialized, the unseen being spoken, and the inner landscape being bridged with the natural.

Untitled (ASK) 2019. Materials; cardboard, duct tape, paint, mylar, and color-changing LED rope light. Dimensions; 6’x6’x9′. This piece is inspired directly by my faith and relationship with God. The name ASK is an acronym for ask, seek, knock referring to a passage in Matthew about prayer. “”Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”” This piece offers viewers a chance to step into a metaphorical prayer space and discover what prayer and meditation means for them.

Sound Tunnel (2019). Materials; cardboard, duct tape, paint, mylar, theatre gels, color-changing LED rope light, karaoke machine, microphone, speakers and soundscape. Dimensions; size variable, installation.

Sound Tunnel was an immersive, multi-sensory installation that invited the viewer to participate in the soundscape. An illuminated tunnel invited and guided the viewer into a dome space. The dome was reminiscent of a reflective space, something similar to a chapel or place of worship. Inside of the dome ceiling were little cutouts, peeking out into the space and letting little bits of light in. These little cutouts had bursts of color mimicking stain glass windows. At the center of the room was a microphone, speaker and headphones. The collection of electronic equipment was set up like an altar in the space. Inside of the space was a soundscape created specifically for this environment and a microphone was stationed to invite the viewer to add their voice to the existing soundscape. Throughout the course of the exhibition sound samples from the audience were recorded and incorporated into the soundscape, changing to piece from person to person.

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