Maria Norrman’s work relate to how clothing, bodies, identities and genders are perceived and presented and explore the meeting between hers and other people’s fantasies. She’s interested in how images and fantasies, which often come from the collective consciousness, are manifested and what function they have for the persons engaged with them.
Norrman often examine how history is used as a kind of tool to relate to one’s social context, or as a tool to escape it. The work explores why we fantasise and create images about such things as history, gender and sexuality.
With her curiosity as a driving force she often reaches out to different groups of people or persons who act on the fringes of mainstream society. Some who are engaged with activities that are displaced from its original context.
Using herself as a character in the videos allows Norrman to put her appearance and gender expressions in relation to the participants, which create a dynamic situation in the tension between them. Conversations often build up the central narrative.
Norrmans main mediums are video and photography in combination with costume making and clothing, performance and installation.