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MAY 14 - JUNE 15, 2009

Talia Greene

HAIR ON FIRE

MAY 14 - JUNE 15, 2009

Talia Greene

HAIR ON FIRE

Caryl BurtnerSonya ClarkTalia GreeneRuth MartenAlthea Murphy-Price | Loren Schwerd

Curated by Mark Sloan, “Hair on Fire” represents six contemporary artists who explore the diverse history of human hair through their art—from its significance in mythology, cultural anthropology, fashion, and folklore, to its rich metaphorical possibilities. Each artist creates works that are either made of, incorporate, or relate to the hirsute. Artists featured are Caryl Burtner, Sonya Clark, Talia Greene, Ruth Marten, Althea Murphy-Price, and Loren Schwerd.

Talia Greene is a multi-media artist who incorporates photography, digital printing, drawing, and sewing in her work. She received her BA with honors from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, in 1998; and her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA, in 2002, where her graduate studies were funded by several grants. Greene has been featured in one-person exhibitions in Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Brooklyn, and at the American University Museum in Washington, DC. She has been included in group shows at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore; Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia; Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC; International Print Center in New York; Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Rosa, CA; and internationally at expositions for digital art in Cuba and Mexico. Greene currently lives in Philadelphia, where she is a lecturer at the University of the Arts.

 

Talia Greene

HAIR ON FIRE

MAY 14 - JUNE 15, 2009
ARTIST STATEMENT

I am fascinated by our struggle to impose order on our bodies and an unruly world. Whether depicting squashed bugs under tape, Victorian facial hairstyles, or a filigree of dead flowers and hair, my work is united around an exploration of that tension between nature and our desire for control. I find a window into that tension through the exploration of related dichotomies, in the merging of sensuality and sterility, entropy and design, containment and vulnerability, or control and subjection.

In this series of prints entitled, Coiffed: A Typology of Entropic Variations, altered cabinet cards reference the urge to control nature, and its futility, with a playful exaggeration of the quotidian frustration of taming our hair. In each portrait, the hair takes on a life of its own in the form of a swarm of flies. It grows; runs wild; starts to conform; then runs wild once more. With each new hairstyle, the sitter takes on a new identity. Even as we try to impose our will on nature, nature imposes its anarchy on us.

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