By Shauna McCabe, Gilda Williams, and Troy Gronsdahl
This beautifully illustrated publication documentsthe Saskatoon artist’s exhibition, Luna. Her intricate welded installations, resembling three-dimensional drawings, reconstitute monumental, 20th-century sites of leisure, fantasy, and cultural artifice — from the Crystal Palace and Luna Park to Brighton Pier and Las Vegas. Norlen’s work is multi-faceted and contradictory; futuristic and nostalgic, sensational yet ephemeral. Her recent works on paper are inspired by monolithic structures, including obsolete industrial sites. Regardless of which material or format she embraces, she evokes the effects of time and the persistence of memory.