Venetia Norris ASGFA lives and works in London.
Everything living has a unique shape and form, everything makes it’s presence felt in some way, leaves a mark, some traces on or below the surface, everything strives to find it’s place and space, however small, everything struggles to become part of the whole. Trying to understand that journey is what interests Venetia, how a plant or a flower grows into itself, how it composes itself, where it is found, the various stages of its journey, how it emerges into itself, and how that self is then seen.
Venetia is drawn to the smallest shape and curve, detail continuously intrigues her. Using just the tip of her pencil, graphite and ink, she tries to reveal the intricate layers, the sensuous interiors, the infinite variety and texture of a leaf, a stem, or a petal, to see beyond the initial distraction of beauty, gently but determinedly going behind the disguise of blossom or colour.
Drawing is the language through which Venetia expresses her connection with nature, with the formal gardens, the hedgerows, the urban spaces that are far from abandoned, the shoreline, the window boxes, the water’s edge, the mountain paths, with what clings to the rocks and the crevices, and what lies just below the surface. Here in England, or traveling overseas, the world only makes sense to her when she draws it onto paper, every line building into a shape, every shape helping her find her way forward.