christina norberg

Mixed-Media Artist. Living in Vancouver, BC. Lover of design, wool, and the big picture. Dedicated to the second-hand and the handmade. Creator of a better world, little by little.
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This spring, I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with the Vancouver Biennale and support the work of another artist. Brazilian artist, Marcelo Moscheta, creates installations, drawings, and photographs inspired by landscape and our human relationship with it. Artwork after my own heart. 

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Days were spent collecting specific driftwood pieces from Vancouver beaches. Each log was tagged with its own GPS coordinates, and later scrubbed and cleaned in the 9,000 square foot Biennale International Pavilion, at the foot of Lonsdale in North Vancouver. I definitely got my exercise covered while working on this project.

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Next was the tricky installation of Moscheta’s eight by twelve foot graphite-on-PVC drawing onto its support frame. I had never seen anyone use graphite on PVC before, and was completely enamoured with the results. The depth and reflective quality was just gorgeous.

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(Also assisting us, was the lovely Patsy Kolesar, of Patsy Kay Kolesar Design.)

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Once the drawing was hung, it was time to compose the driftwood part of the installation. This was a real treat, as Marcelo really inlcuded us in his process, and welcomed our input. It is always fascinating to learn about an other artist’s process, and especially to see the similarities and parallels in using mediums that seem so different from the outside, such as my mixed-media painting, and his driftwood installation. I was surprised to find that I could help Marcelo compose his installation with his logs, in the same way I work to create balance and interest in my mixed-media paintings.

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The final thing I took away from this experience was the importance of attitude when working on a project like this. Morscheta had a clear vision of what he wanted to create when he arrived in Vancouver, three weeks before the piece’s deadline. He is very organized, passionate, and detail oriented, yet he maintained an easy-going and flexible attitude. He kept the working mood light and playful, no matter what we were doing, or what was going wrong. He faced every challenge with a positive approach and a willingness to find a different solution, if need be.

Working with Marcelo Moscheta and the Vancouver Biennale was a pleasure, and I look forward to participating in more projects like this in future. 

This work will be on display at the Biennale International Pavilion from June - November 2014, along with the works of other artists from Brazil.

Once again, myself and 100 other artists have painted custom Daruma for the

Nikkei National Museum 6th annual BLOOM Art Auction

Silent Auction + Party: Saturday, May 24, 2014
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Tickets: $20 + tax (members), $25 + tax (non-members)

Exhibit: May 10-24, 2014 admission by donation

Fundraiser Showcases Traditional Japanese Folk Art with a Contemporary Twist

Click here to buy tickets or learn more

In February, I jumped on a plane to frosty Toronto to participate in the fabulous contemporary art fair known as The Artist Project.

This show was very slick, and I was blown away by the hundreds of inspiring artists. People were buying art in a way that you just don’t see here in Vancouver. I sold some pieces and made many new connections - galleries and new friends. It was such a darn good time, that I’ve already signed up for 2015. See you there.

I will be one of the exhibiting artists at The Artist Project in Toronto, February 20-23, 2014. I have heard a lot about this event over the last few years and am very excited to be a part of it. Toronto, here I come!
http://www.theartistproject.com/

I will be one of the exhibiting artists at The Artist Project in Toronto, February 20-23, 2014. I have heard a lot about this event over the last few years and am very excited to be a part of it. Toronto, here I come!

http://www.theartistproject.com/

"Variations", Italy 2013

In November, I hopped on a plane to Bologna, Italy, for my first international art show. Since everything is more fun with friends, I brought my close friend, the always-charming Erin Cebula, to be my wing-woman and travel buddy. We were both over-the-moon excited, as neither of us had been to Italy before and had always wanted to go. My dream was coming true, as I flew to Europe to exhibit my art. I felt like an art star.

We spent our days in Bologna like giddy school girls, exploring the city, eating incredible fresh food, and drinking very good wine. A lot of very good wine.

Despite serious jet lag, and some insomnia, we did our best to soak up all of the art, architecture, and culture we could in a week, even taking a quick trip to Venice. Somewhere within that fabulous blur was also an art show. Oh, yeah, the reason that I went there in the first place! 

On November 16th, we arrived at Galleria De Marchi for the opening of the show. “Variations” is a group show of paintings, photographs and sculptures from seventy-two artists from more than thirty countries. From the abstract to the figurative to the digital, the selection provided an excellent sample of what contemporary art has to offer today. The opening was well attended, and it was a pleasure finally meeting the curator, Paola Trevisan, in person. We connected immediately and hope to work together again in the future. Paola told us that next time we visit Bologna, we must be sure to speak Italian to really hear the humour of the people.

Erin and I left Italy feeling warmed by the authenticity of Bologna. We felt touched by everyone that we met. I can’t wait to go back to explore more of this inspiring and romantic country.

Click here to see a slideshow of the opening.

Click here to see the four pieces that I exhibited in Italy.

Christina Norberg - Solo Show - New work from the "Outside Inside" series.

Britannia Art Gallery 

1661 Napier St. Vancouver, BC

December 4, 2013 - January 3, 2014 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 4th, 6:30 - 8:30pm. I will be in attendance, so come by and chat with me!

The Kokeshi Project

Cindy Mochizuki, Yuki Nezumi (Snow Mouse)

The Nikkei National Museum’s 5th annual BLOOM art auction fundraiser

Bid on 100 artist designed custom kokeshi – traditional wooden dolls first developed in the Tohoku region of Japan in the 1700s.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

7:00 – 9:30 pm

Tickets only $25 (plus tax)

Online preview April 10 – 25

Info & tickets: 604.777.7000

The dolls above are my custom creations that I’ve donated for the event.

Artist Reception - Saturday, January 12, 2013, 1-3pm


Please join myself, and four other artists in the snazzy new Vancity, while we host an informal show and tell of our recent art commissions. 

Vancity Branch #17 in South Burnaby

5064 Kingsway, Burnaby BC (Community Stage)

Welcome to the Community

28 x 50”

This piece was commissioned by Vancity for their LEED-certified, prototype branch in South Burnaby. Vancity is Canada’s largest community credit union, with a focus on developing healthy, sustainable communities. I am continually impressed with all that they are doing. For example, in April 2008, Vancity officially announced it had achieved carbon neutrality, two years ahead of schedule and the first North America based financial institution to do so.

Welcome to the Community  was inspired by the designers and architects, around the world, that are currently building developments that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable and affordable for all. They are being designed and built with the community - not for the community, therefore individual needs are met with efficiency and less resources. There is also a greater sense of pride and responsibility within the community when designing in this way.  

This work was created using repurposed and natural materials such as found tree branches, needle-felted wool elements that I make myself, magazine clippings, cardboard, and many layers of newspaper. 

Click on the images above to see and read a bit about the work in progress.


Photo credits: Brady Dahmer (top), Rachel Ashe (bottom,right)

They’re here!

My art books have arrived and I am so pleased with how they have turned out. I’m going to start signing, numbering, and shipping them out this week. If you haven’t yet claimed one for your very own, I may have some left…

Click here to get your limited edition Christina Norberg ART BOOK. They are $35 each.

What a fantastic weekend! This was almost a sold-out show, thanks to you fabulous Culture Crawlers!

Thanks so much to everyone for making it such a success.

Here is great article from a first-time crawler, with a lovely review of my work!

http://unclepauliesworld.blogspot.ca/2012/11/crawling-for-culture-on-vancouvers-east.html

Hot One Inch Action

Here is my button from last night’s show.

This is such a perfect event for us in Vancouver. Normally we avoid talking to people we don’t know in public places, like buses and restaurants. Hot One Inch Action sets up a scenario where strangers interact all night long, trading tiny pieces of art. Love it! I even made a new friend.

Christina Norberg: Art Battle 25

Artists have only twenty minutes to create their best painting, using only acrylic paint and no reference materials. This clip is of my painting during the last minute. So much fun!

Held at Raw Canvas in Vancouver, BC.