Tameka Jenean Norris uses herself and her community as subjects in her painting, video, photography, music, performance, installation, project-based art, context art, confession, the internet, and institutional critique to explore the internal drives and external influences that shape identity. Her practice critiques the invisibility of blackness in cultural forms built upon the appropriation of popular and sacred black expressions and idioms.
Norris received her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art (2012). She has participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2009), the Fountainhead Residency (2013), the Hermitage Artist Retreat (2013), and MacDowell Colony (2016). Her group exhibitions include “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art” recently at the Walker Art Center, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2014–15). Her feature-length film/installation Meka Jean: How She Got Good premiered at Prospect 3 in New Orleans (2014), and was shown at Emerson Dorsch Gallery in Miami (2015) and David Shelton Gallery (Houston, 2015). Solo exhibitions include Lombard Freid Gallery (New York), Ronchini Gallery (London), and 1708 Gallery (Richmond, VA).
Norris is currently an assistant professor of painting and drawing at the University of Iowa.