T.J. Dedeaux-Norris

T.J. Dedeaux-Norris is an American mixed-media artist who utilizes painting, fiber, performance, video, and music to explore the interformativity of collective and individual identities, with a particular focus on the somatic impacts of racial, gender, and class socialization over time. Both the form and content of their work alludes to a philosophical inquiry into the distinction between Self and Other, with the physical body as a social microcosm of distinct yet discursive dynamics to observe and question. Everything is fractile. In this embodied practice, healing becomes its own media: Dedeaux-Norris’ ongoing experiments into various physical, mental, and spiritual modalities texture her work, teasing out new questions, pointing them toward new answers within themselves, within their family history. Dedeaux-Norris reconciles the seemingly oppositional past and present – rapper and contemporary artist, sexworker and university professor, runaway and mother’s caretaker – highlighting the necessarily generative nature of difference.

Born in 1979, lives and works in Iowa City, IA, USA


  • 2012 Masters of Fine Art, (MFA) Painting and Printmaking, Yale University, CT
  • 2010 Bachelor of Art (BA), minor African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2007 Bachelor of Art (BA), minor African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
    Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
Art fairs
  • 2024 Expo Chicago, Jane Lambard Gallery, Chicago, IL

Solo Exhibition 

  • 2022 (Forthcoming) CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • 2022 (Forthcoming) University Galleries of Illinois State University, IL
  • 2022 (Forthcoming) Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2022 (Forthcoming) Jane Lombard Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
  • 2021 T.J. Dedeaux-Norris: Second Line, University Galleries of Illinois State University
  • 2021 T.J. Dedeaux-Norris, Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Zona Maco Art Fair, Mexico City, CDMX
  • 2020 T.J. Dedeaux-Norris Presents: The Estate of Tameka Jenean Norris, Figgie Museum, Davenport, IA
  • 2020 to be seen and not heard, Washington Pavilion, Sioux City, South Dakota
  • 2019 Monkey’s Uncle, Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Milan, Italy
  • 2019 Ivy League Ratchet, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA
  • 2018 Cut From the Same Cloth, Ronchini Gallery, London
  • 2017 Bloodlines and Flood Lines, Savannah College School of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
  • 2015 Meka Jean: Not Acquiescing, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2015 Meka Jean: Sole Rights, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 2015 Meka Jean: Recovery, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL
  • 2015 Introducing Meka Jean (Too Good For You), Lombard Freid, Chelsea, NY
  • 2014 Almost Acquaintances, Ronchini Gallery, London (catalog published)
  • 2014 Family Values, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA