Operating within self-imposed systems Nori Pao creates work that examines broad themes such as time, memory, identity, reality, order and chaos through a markedly personal lens. Her approach begins with a gesture or move and through rigorous material investigation and experimentation a working framework is identified. The physicality of this method is intense, often sensory and proliferating in nature and becomes essential to the overall development of the idea. This strategy allows Pao to build and accumulate elements within the work, at once expanding and distilling a concept to its simplest form. The result — work intrinsically tied to the material process utilized in making it.
b. Columbus, OH, US
Lives and works in New York, NY and Desert Hot Springs, CA
1995-98 MFA Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
1990-94 BA University of Delaware, Newark, DE
2019 CONCEAL/REVEAL Albada Jelgersma, Amsterdam, NL
2019 The Generative Object Harvey Preston Gallery, Aspen, CO
2018 Still Life Curated by Kristen Dodge and Candice Madey, SEPTEMBER, Hudson, NY
2018 Dark side down Stellar Projects, New York, NY [solo]
2016 12 x 12, 2016 Black Ball Projects, Brooklyn, NY
2013 In Praise of Chance and Failure Family Business, New York, NY
2004 Proliferate: Drawing in Space, Accumulation in Time Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI
2004 Hysteria Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
2003 Twin City Sculptors: Cowles, Myhre, Pao Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN
2002 Art Between 115 Washington Ave North, Minneapolis, MN
2002 Shades of Clay American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, MO
2000 The Clay Up There Art Center Gallery, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
1999 On the Edge… Silence Speaks Castle Creek Gallery, Aspen, CO
1999 Residence Exhibition I Patton-Malott and Gartner Galleries, Snowmass Village, CO
1998 NMU Ceramics Invitational NMU Art Museum, Marquette, MI
1998 You draw like a girl. ASU Downtown Center Galleria, Phoenix, AZ
1998 Feats of Clay XI Lincoln Arts/Gladding McBean Gallery, Lincoln, CA
1998 Beneath the Surface Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, AZ [solo]
1998 Ceramics: Viewpoint’98 Hyde Gallery-Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA
AWARDS / RESIDENCIES
2019 Artist-in-Residence European Ceramic Workcenter, Oisterwijk, the Netherlands
2017 Artist-in-Residence Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2016-17 Artist Fellowship Sculpture Space NYC, Long Island City, NY
2002-14 The Drawing Center Viewing Program The Drawing Center, New York, NY
2003 Artist Assistance Fellowship Grant Minnesota State Arts Board, St. Paul, MN
1998-99 Artist-in-Residence Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
1998 Joseph and Rose Fellowship Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
1998 Mary Bishop/Francis S. Merit Scholarship Haystack Mountain School for Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
1995-98 Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2004 Abbe, Mary. Don’t Panic. Review. Star Tribune. February 27.
2004 Spicer, Jakki. Review: Hysteria at SOO VAC. mnartists.org. February 2.
2002 Peterson, Susan. Working with Clay. Second edition. Prentice Hall, Overlook/Viking.
1998 Johnson, Kaytie. Come Up and See Their Etchings. Phoenix New Times. September 10.