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PHYLLIS GREEN 

DRESS UP                                                            

Constructing Other Selves                                                     
2014 - 2021

October 29, 2021 – February 13, 2022

 

DRESS UP exhibit is available online only

 

These sculptures function as both objects of contemplation and props for performance…   Phyllis Green

Extensively exhibited both nationally and internationally, Phyllis Green has made objects and performances that refer to the human body for more than forty years. Through these stand-in corporal forms she addresses gender politics, cultural mores and matters of the human mind and spirit.  Full of humor, her visual commentary is witty, pithy, questioning and never didactic.
 
Phyllis Green moved to So Cal from Canada, where she was raised, to pursue graduate studies in art.  She was awarded an M.F.A. by UCLA in 1981 and began her professional career as an artist, educator and curator in Los Angeles, where she currently resides, making art, lecturing and occasionally curating exhibits.  Green is multi-faceted in her approach. Although her initial focus was on ceramics, she shifted to include mixed media construction, elaborate costume, audience participatory installation and video.

Green acknowledges the influence of the international Feminist Art Movement of the 1970’s as a seminal event that profoundly changed both her life and her art. During the 70’s many artists dealt with charged images of the female psyche and with issues of anger in response to a male dominated art world. Green was specifically affected by the work of artists who questioned the status of women in the art world.  She chose to move to Southern California particularly because of the vibrant activity of women artists here.

A long-time a fan of fashion and costume design, Green developed her own visual language using clothing as a metaphor, first of all, for the human body and also as signifier of gender, cultural identity, historical period, and role. The symbolic use of color, texture, structure and inflated scale easily followed.

Green is an avid reader and has traveled widely.  Her visual work sometimes reflects both elements of traditional clothing design, spirit of place and culture.  The works in the photographs below are derived from recent travel in Brazil and subsequent research into Candomble, a spiritual practice in the region, combined with the clothing worn by men in the Candomble ritual.  She has intentionally exaggerated the scale in order to evoke numinous presence and to enable the visitor to engage, sometimes quite literally, by inhabiting a piece. 

The Dress Up exhibition focuses on Green’s exploration of identity through the experience of making, wearing, performing and seeing others perform in symbolic costumes and sculptures. The dates of works included in this grouping span the years 2014-21.  El Camino College Art Gallery is proud to present the deftly inquisitive work of Phyllis Green.

Following this introduction is the text/script for the video directed and produced by the artist with the assistance of Waleska Santiago. Click on Link to access video.

Dress Up Online Video

 

Still (Sitting) wood, fabric, foam core 61" x 19" x 24"

Still (Sitting)
wood, fabric, foam core
61" x 19" x 24"

 Infanta Margarita Ceramic, fabric, flocking  9” x 47” x 16”  1994-98

Infanta Margarita
Ceramic, fabric, flocking 
9” x 47” x 16” 
1994-98

 

Tree and Birds Aquaresin, acrylic paint, feathers, fabric, wood  Hat form:  15” x 13” x 13”  Tube form:  50” x 20” x 21”  2017

Tree and Birds
Aquaresin, acrylic paint, feathers, fabric, wood 
Hat form:  15” x 13” x 13” 
Tube form:  50” x 20” x 21” 
2017

 

Five Sheaths Five garments, each 48” x 14” x 4”, suspended on wood rods  Cotton, wood  2017

Five Sheaths
Five garments, each 48” x 14” x 4”, suspended on wood rods 
Cotton, wood 
2017

 

 Lion/Lamb Aquaresin, fiber  70” X 107” X 36  2020

Lion/Lamb
Aquaresin, fiber 
70” X 107” X 36 
2020