CCT: Norma Minkowitz

Connecticut Artists Collection

Norma Minkowitz (born 1937)

{Norma Minkowitz} Norma Minkowitz was born in New York City and resides in Westport, Connecticut. She graduated from the Cooper Union Art School, where she focused on drawing the human body. Since the mid-1980s, Minkowitz has used crocheting techniques to create three-dimensional sculpture, often of the human form as a metaphor for a vessel.


In addition to the Connecticut Artists Collection, her work is part of museum and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford), and National Museum of Art/Renwick Gallery – Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.). Minkowitz’s work has been exhibited nationwide, including solo shows at Gallery La Peche (California), Bellas Artes Gallery (New Mexico), Society of Contemporary Crafts (Pennsylvania), and New Arts Gallery (Litchfield, CT).


Artist Statement:

I seek mystery in the shadows of the work. The netting's effect is to blur the shape within. There is often paint on the surface, which can at times be invisible and at other times obvious depending on the light, another important element of my work. I want the openness to convey a sense of energy as the viewer moves around the sculpture. My work retains implications of containment and psychological complexity, while focusing on the human form and often the landscape. I am engaged in a process that weaves the personal and universal together. The interlacing suggests a delicate quality symbolic of the human condition, but conversely, the pieces could also imply the strength of steel mesh. In many of my works twigs and branches are left inside, and are visible in an eerie way through the exterior of the sculpture, often suggesting connections to the human skeletal or circulatory systems.

fiber and paint
63" high x 13 ˝ " wide x 13 ˝" deep
(purchased in 1992)


1990 was a period when Norma Minkowitz began to create large figurative works that were challenging in their stories and concepts. Boy was created in response to the Gulf War, also called Desert Storm, and addressed the vulnerability of our young soldiers. Minkowitz created an armless figure balancing on a ball, suggesting uncertainty and lack of control in a war situation.


Currently on exhibit:

Where: Connecticut Office of the Arts, One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06103

When: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 (closed State holidays)

Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or for more information.