Kate Greene: The States Project: Maine
Kate Greene and I met through a mutual friend not long after we both moved to Maine. She was commuting teaching adjunct at different institutions in New England. Over noodles we talked about life, photography, shared fun student stories and more. Kate collects images the same way others would collect stamps or coins. Like most photographers, her graduate school influences can be seen in her earlier work however her latest series feels more playful. Her instagram is a treasure trove of oddities, moments and art that she discovers daily.
Kate Greene holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA from Yale University where she was the recipient of the Tierney Fellowship. During her graduate studies at Yale, she worked as a Museum Educator at the Yale University Art Gallery and went on to serve as Assistant Curator of Public Education. She has been a guest critic and lecturer at various institutions such as Bard College, Wesleyan University, Amherst College, Drew University, Lesley University, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited at galleries, museums, and festivals both nationally and internationally. ROMAN NVMERALS published a limited edition artist book of her series Pyrotechnics in the fall of 2016. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at Maine College of Art in Portland, ME.
I like thinking about photography as a means of collecting time as it passes. For the past several years I have been recording firework displays through video and using this footage to construct still images. I am attracted to these events as spectacles of excess and am obsessed with the process of amassing fleeting visual phenomena and using it as material. This process allows me to collect a kind of color and light that embodies time. The resulting images probe at where a moving and a still image can intersect. They describe the ephemeral as a constant, illuminating the space between what we see and what we know.
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