Talia Greene (Philadelphia, PA) received her MFA from Mills College, Oakland, CA, and her BA from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. She has had solo exhibitions at American University Museum, Washington, D.C.; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE; and Electric Works, San Francisco, CA. Her work has been included in group shows at venues including the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; The Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Rosa, CA; The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA; Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; and Flashpoint Gallery, Washington D.C.. She currently lives in Philadelphia, and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts.

“My work is about our futile struggle to impose order on an unruly world. I find insects to be a mesmerizing union of beauty, disorder and organization. As pests and interlopers in our homes, insects elicit an uncomfortable feeling of loosing control of our bodies and surroundings.

"From a distance, their chaotic nature feels menacing and contrary to the order we seek in human society. A closer analysis reveals a more complex balance between chaos and organization. My installations question our assumptions about the disorder of nature and the sterility of our interiors, finding whimsy, design and beauty among the apparent chaos.

"I am also fascinated by cultures that display an overt drive to control the disorderly aspects of human nature and the body, and am interested in how we see ourselves through the lens of those histories. While much of my work is influenced by the Victorian era, I have also explored imagery from the Islamic world, often in the context of the 19th century. A body of work from 2008-2010 juxtaposes photographs of Victorians with 19th century images of Arabs taken by Westerners. In both images, insects consume the faces and bodies of the sitters, transforming their hair into chaotic swarms. I use insects to explore the relationship between chaos and design in nature, but also as metaphors for expressing that same balance between order and entropy within our own bodies.”


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