Biographie

Having studied in America and Germany, Norma Hecker settled in the South of France, and started working as a weaver. Next, she began making her own large-scale tapestries... From this moment on, her creations (drawing, paintings, and tapestries), which include both large abstract works and small formats, focus on hand movement, evoking the Oriental art of calligraphy, followed up on a study trip to China. In addition, in drawing and painting, the interplay of scales she uses is illustrative of her penchant for the notions ofmacrocosm and microcosm, born of a long tradition of esotericism and alchemy. In fact, Norma Hecker considers that any work – monumental or not – is but a fragment of a general creation.

Since 1991 Norma Hecker lives and works at the ATELIER DE LAURENQUE near ROQUEBRUN (Hérault), and more recently, also in SETE.  


Art

 


The play of the range of notions of the macrocosm and the microcosm…the gesture of the hand jostling these notions, moving from the very small to the very large, mingling the points of view…the gesture in color is a living handprint, always in movement… uncontrollable, going somewhere… it moves, it changes, it tries to sing in its own way…

My works are fragments in an imaginary view which continues further than the edge or the frame, to the left and the right as in Chinese scrolls, and over the top and the bottom, where there is no end……

Perhaps they are fragments because, at any rate, one cannot show all aspects of a view, and expressing a fragment is a way of indicating that there are others possible…..


A fragment is the truth of a microstructure as in literary works, in Ponge, in Flaubert. With no beginning and no end, fragments are polyphonies in music, or the “chaos” in science.

Through these fragments, one tries to perceive interactions to the past and the future…

We live in the visual arts what Gilles Deleuze says about writing, “Writing has nothing to do with signifying, but with surveying, mapping, even regions about to be”. We perceive “nomadic space, a space free and open to changing perspectives”, connected to a multitude of points of view, central to Deleuze and Guatteri.

The void is never empty, we have no idea how vast it is...

Small or monumental, a work of art deals with the same universe... an elastic universe, with neither beginning nor end, without limit, where nature covers everything, if we let it be...


Today artistic expression is naturally becoming more and more diverse, through the individual visions of the artist, more and more fragmented, like a kaleidoscope, image on image.

To speak of this imaginary world by means of a gesture in color…The gesture of a hand to invoke at random, to try to reassemble, assemble, differentiate, or to be part of...

Sometimes, a gesture can fill its space alone,

But, most of the time, they are fragments of an idea of the existence of a global notion continuing beyond the work…and since the world is vast, one can only indicate a part…

Matter is not passive. Strange things take place in nature…


Norma Hecker

 

Education

 


  • University of New Hampshire, U.S.A., Art History and Plastic Arts
  • Art Academy of Munich, Germany, Prof. Franz Nagel, – Painting, Drawing, Printing, Lithography
  • European Masters, Paul Valéry University in Montpellier, France, specialty contemporary ethnic American poetry associated with the works of Cy Twombly and Basquiat.