Piece description from the artist
The Singer refers to the Singer sewing machine which was a household staple in the late 1800's up the early 20th century. The painting also refers to sweatshops labor. These "sweatshops" were characterized by long rows of Singer machines worked by young, immigrant girls-often under the age of fifteen.
Norma Greenwood is a native New Yorker. She grew up in Brooklyn and has a graduate degree in Fine Art from Hunter College. She is a grant recipient from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Abby Austin Mural Arts Fellowship from the National Academy Museum. She received a George Sugarman Award, a Ludwig Vogelstein grant and a NYFA Workshop Grant. Greenwood was awarded a permanent public art commission by the Jacksonville International Airport, Fl. where she has two glass mosaic murals. Her work is represented in private and public collections including The Museum of American Folk Arts, AT&T, CUNY Art Gallery, Citicorp and Columbia Pictures Ltd. Her work in included is numerous private and corporate collections including AT&T Corporate Collection, Columbia Pictures, Ltd. and the Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, Fl.