Thursday, 02 November 2006 21:03

Morris Museum Presents Sassona Norton ~ Sculptures

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Sassona Norton Unquenchable ThirstMORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris Museum is delighted to present the splendid sculpture of Sassona Norton in its 4,500-square-foot Main Gallery on exhibit until November 12, 2006.  Norton, a Bedminster, New Jersey resident, creates larger than life bold and expressive, cast bronze female figures.  Her superb work focuses on components of the body (with a focus on hands), revealing an impressive display of detail and articulation.  Her figures serve as an ideal expressive vehicle that truly encompasses human emotions, feelings, thoughts, yearnings and desires.

“I am interested in using the figure to express some aspects of the human condition, particularly, the passing of time and the conflict between our ties to the reality around us and our desire to leave it,” said Norton.  “I concentrate on movements or parts of the body that may reflect the complexity of feelings, especially longing.”

“The Morris Museum is most honored to display Sassona Norton’s sculpture.  We are extremely fortunate to be able to work with such a dynamic and insightful artist.  She is truly with a personal mark and a unique voice,” said Steven H. Miller, Morris Museum executive director.  “This exhibition will provide museum visitors with a valuable and rewarding experience about the personal relevancy of contemporary figurative sculpture.”

In October 2003, Norton won a national competition to create the first 9/11 memorial in the state of Pennsylvania, which was unveiled in September 2005 and installed on the plaza of the Montgomery County Court House complex in Norristown.  The impressive 21-foot tall bronze memorial consists of a nearly eight-foot high pair of hands that holds a twisted and torn I-beam, retrieved from the North Tower of the World Trade Center, and raises it into the sky.

Norton is a member of the Sculptors’ Guild and the Royal Society of British Sculptors.  A new hardcover book of Norton’s work, including articles, illustrations and scholarly essays will be available in the museum shop and on-line.

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum and its Bickford Theatre explore and celebrate the arts, sciences, theatre and history through exhibitions, educational programs, performing arts and special events.  The museum serves 200,000 visitors each year.  The Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ.  Visit www.morrismuseum.org.

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