AMERICAN, B. 1962, LOS ANGELES, CA
Norma Jeane is the alias of an artist who does not wish to be identified.
The biography reads as follows, “born in Los Angeles in the early hours of the morning of 5 June 1962”, which happens to be exactly when Marilyn Monroe died.
However, in spite of having chosen the most photographed woman in history (the American actress who was christened Norma Jeane Baker), Norma Jeane (the artist) does the opposite — and opts for a total physical absence. In fact, Norma Jeane never appears in public. If the artist is staging an event, a version of Norma Jeane appears or usually someone who the artist has been collaborating with — from professional dancers to economics professors. Norma Jeane can be everyone and no-one. For each new project, Norma Jeane conceives and co-ordinates collaborative works, installations and performance art that is the antithesis of celebrity and glamour (that was integral to Monroe’s image), and opts for work that has a strong social message.
Norma Jeane's work has been featured in solo and group exhibiAons worldwide including, among others: MoMA, P.S.1 and Swiss InsAtute, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Helmhaus, Zurich; Frieze Project, London; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; MarAn Gropius Bau, Berlin; Culture StaAon 284, Seoul; Galleria ConAnua, Beijing; Biennale de Lyon, Venice Biennale and Liverpool Biennial.
You can learn more about Norma Jeane on this post on our ART+TECH Collection on Medium:
"Exploring the Unseen"
Interview with Norma Jeane
When considering multimedia artist Norma Jeane, the first impression that strikes is one of mystery and denial. Norma Jeane is the pseudonym of an Italian artist who does not wish to be identified. Where many discussions of an artist’s body of work might begin with personal biography in an attempt to understand the human experience that led to creating the work, that won’t do in the case of the elusive, cerebral, and multi-talented Norma Jeane.... [read more here]