Duff Norris is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist and writer working in theatrical settings, performance and visual art. His experience growing up in the American West has informed his interests and practice. Being surrounded by the birthplace of artists’ communes (Drop City in southern Colorado, 1965) and the emergence of what became known as Shambhala Buddhism (Boulder & Fort Collins Colorado, 1971) he grew up with a strange brew of art and spirituality.
His practice centers on themes of intimacy, social dynamics, and direct address audienceship. "If I am going to make for you, why wouldn't I address that specifically and meaningfully? What do we particularly have to say to each other?" He is interested in the nature of possibilities and why things have turned out the way they have and he is curious how impenetrable or porous these journeys are before the beginning and after the end. He asks questions about what narratives we are telling ourselves, what our relationships to each other are, and if it is possible to be known and understood.
His work includes Wisdom Box, 2015 & 2018 in Out of Site Chicago, Scattering/Gathering, 2017 at the Walters Art Museum Baltimore, and Creatures of Which Landscape, 2017 Lake Ballard, Menzies, Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and he is currently working on a Master of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.