Nor is short for Norbert, but some call me Noah. On the Island of Bimini, in the Bermuda Triangle, many people call me Mr. Nor (that is what it sounds like). After years of sojourning there, I learned they were actually saying Mr. Noah. The Bimini accent makes Noah sound like Nor. Thus, I acquired the Biblical name, Mr. Noah.
From 1998 -2007, I have resided on Bimini a total of more than 17 months, on nine subsequent stays. Each visit is a creative venture resulting in a Bimini art show, eight, thus far. The lure of the Island continues to tug on my heart. I love Bimini and its people. While I am on the Island , I do my artwork in the laid-back dream-like setting, and experience the spiritual rejuvination that always accompanies it. I feel as much at home on the Island, with my extended family, as I do with my family and friends back in Wisconsin. (N.H.K.)
"Norbert Kox lives today as a semi-hermit...But he is not alone since God (and God's stark message) is ever present in his meditative prayer, in the "bible codes" he finds in a computerized grid of Hebrew letters, and in his lushly visionary paintings and gothic constructions. Increasingly famous and infamous now for his prophetic images that challenge mainstream religious pieties, Kox is a benign, humble, and intelligent man. Clearly at peace with himself, he does not, however, shy away from confronting us with God's apocalyptic warnings and encrypted revelations. But there are always flashes of light and spirit within the darkness - signs of hope and renewal...powerfully communicating God's most secret messages through his intensely glowing paintings (he has developed his own techniques of translucent acrylic glazing) and biblically haunted found-object assemblages. Despite the fear that his work sometimes engenders, he has had increasing national success as an artist with a provocatively disturbing vision of the end-time. Most recently, he has been retreating from the bitter Wisconsin winters to the tropical sun of Bimini, and it seems that he has tempered some of the harsh cartoon evil portrayed in many of the early paintings. But no matter how much his recent work shows an ameliorating principle, Kox quietly and passionately persists in his attempt to unveil the mysteries of God's strange missives to humankind."
- Professor Norman J. Girardot (Curator, The End Is A New Beginning: Four Outsider Artists, 2000-2001, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA)