Artist Statement Submitted 2018
Tameka Norris was raised in Mississippi and received her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles before graduating with an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2012. Before migrating to the fine arts, Norris began her career in the Los Angeles hip-hop scene. She supplemented along the way with a broad array of odd jobs, from call-center customer service representative to sex worker. Her artwork is informed by her experience of how exploitation is built into these systems, particularly for women of color and queer communities. She often combines intensely personal experience with overtly performative personas to critique the ways that identities are appropriated and exploited by high and low culture alike.
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