To follow is a slideshow and audio recording of the artist talk I gave at The China Shop on 30 January 2013. The talk outlines the development of WELL YOU HAVE TO DRAW THE LINE SOMEWHERE, my solo exhibition showing at the gallery at the time of the talk. Details from the gallery website are opposite; works exhibited include Line (2012), Drawing (2012), A Line Describing a Curve (Coat Hanger) (2012) and Beaks (2013).


The China Shop is pleased to present WELL YOU HAVE TO DRAW THE LINE SOMEWHERE: an exhibition of new work by Tamarin Norwood.

17 January 2013 – 16 February 2013

Norwood’s practice uses lines from language and drawing to momentarily trap a given object or event against the moving point of time, only to leave it behind as time moves on. In WELL YOU HAVE TO DRAW THE LINE SOMEWHERE, Norwood uses the line as a motif for questioning how everyday objects and events might be trapped or ‘inscribed’ as art, and how these artworks might subsequently be released to disappear back into everyday life. Revisiting the visual language of early 20th century experiments in readymade art, Norwood repurposes her own domestic objects to ask what their inscription as artworks might mean for the uninscribed objects left behind in everyday life. Throughout the exhibition a performative narrative is played out by the artist who is living at home with these remaining uninscribed objects. This narrative prompts the question: where do you draw the line between the inscription of the everyday object as art and the disappearance of the artist into everyday life?

Tamarin Norwood (b. 1981) lives and works in Oxford. Norwood completed a BA in Linguistics and Medieval Italian at Oxford University and a BA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London. Her MFA Art Writing at Goldsmiths, London was funded through an AHRC research award and the Goldsmiths Postgraduate Scholarship, and last year she began her doctorate in Art Theory at Oxford University looking at the role of the studio visit in contemporary art practice. Her DPhil is supported by the Clarendon Fund, the Gosling Postgraduate Award and the St Edmund Hall Graduate Scholarship.

Norwood has recently completed commissions for Tate Britain, Art on the Underground, Modern Art Oxford, the London Word Festival, MOCCA Toronto, Beton7 Athens, AC Institute New York and AUX Philadelphia. Recent art writing and fiction has been published by the ICA, Art on the Underground, Art Licks, Live Art Development Agency and LemonMelon; recent poetry by Bloodaxe, The Other Room and Red Ceilings Press with Maintenant. Her latest artist book ‘olololo’ was published last year by Modern Art Oxford, produced by Book Works studio.