Skip to main content
Menu

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

The Gallery’s Acknowledgement of Country, and information on culturally sensitive and restricted content and the use of historic language in the collection can be found here.

Susan Norrie

1994
Anne Zahalka

ilfochrome photograph on paper, edition 1/1 (image/sheet: 40.7 cm x 48.7 cm)

Susan Norrie (b. 1953) is a contemporary artist who explores social, political and environmental issues through painting, sculpture, installation, photography and video. Norrie trained at the National Art School and the Victorian College of the Arts before being included in a group exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1980. The gallery bought one of her paintings in 1983, and the following year seven of her works were included in Australian Visions:1984 Exxon International Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Through the 1980s she continued to exhibit while holding residencies at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Sydney. Known initially for her painting, in the late 1990s Norrie began experimenting with the moving image, including her iconic six-channel video installation, Undertow (2002), commissioned by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Her work Transit (2011) was co-purchased by Tate Modern in London and Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art. Since her first overseas artist-in-residency in New York in 1990, she has held solo exhibitions in the US, Finland, Italy, France, Japan and New Zealand, in addition to showing in many group and solo shows around Australia. Norrie was selected to represent Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, and more recently was recipient of the Australia Council Visual Arts Award in 2019.

Gift of the artist 2021
© Anne Zahalka/Copyright Agency, 2022

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. Works of art from the collection are reproduced as per the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). The use of images of works from the collection may be restricted under the Act. Requests for a reproduction of a work of art can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

Artist and subject

Anne Zahalka (age 37 in 1994)

Susan Norrie (age 41 in 1994)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

© National Portrait Gallery 2022
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency