I create pieces with a strong presence of their own, divorced from any suggestion of utility.
I was born in the Scandinavian section of Brooklyn, New York. My life, in the home of my
Norwegian parents, gave me a true respect for handmade objects and those who made them.
Our house was filled with embroidered and hand woven textiles, carved wooden objects and
handmade silver and glassware. The natural foliage which now surrounds me - date
palm branches, birch bark, Muehlenbeckia vine, etc. - is where my inspiration comes
from. I let the natural materials talk to me.
Norwegian-American artist, Norma Andersen Fox, of Berkeley, California, is successful in both
the fields of printmaking and basketry. When Fox moved from the East Coast to California, she
started to work with baskets because of her attraction to the wonderful materials found here.
"For years I have been a printmaker, and I still am, but I enjoy the change
of working sculpturally and using lighter weight materials versus the large equipment and
chemicals needed for etching and engraving. Lately, I have made intricate handles on the
baskets which appear to be almost like line drawings. In Paris I worked with free form line
in my etching and engraving studies. Now, I realize that my former teacher, Stanley Hayter,
had quite an influence on my baskets!"
Norma Andersen Fox