Maria Norrman’s work explores hers and other people's fantasies, which often relate to how the body, clothing, identities and gender are perceived and presented. Norrman often examine how history is used as a tool for relating to one's surroundings, or as a strategy to repress it. The work explores why we fantasise and create images about topics such as war history, gender and sexuality.
With her curiosity as a driving force she often looks into different groups of people who act on the fringes of mainstream society, or are engaged with activities that are displaced from its original context. 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.
By taking part in the work herself, Norrman puts her appearances and gender expressions in relation to the participants, which create a dynamic situation in the tension between them. Their conversations often build up the central narrative.
Norrmans main mediums are video and photography. She also works with costume making and clothing, performance and installation.