Myra B. Greene, "Untitled (belly)", 2004, inkjet, 11x14"

Myra B. Greene, “Untitled (belly)”, 2004, inkjet, 11×14″

Myra B. Greene

Throughout my artistic practice I have returned to the body to explore a variety of issues. Issues of beauty, melancholy sentiment, physical and emotional recollections have played out on the surface of the skin.


This work started in the winter of 2002, while I was experiencing my first true winter. The purple snowy skies dragged on my emotions, self-esteem, and attitudes for the season, which influenced these dark and dreary images. While murky, the photographs are rewarding with the revelation of something… my body and my presence. The darkness requires the viewer to spend time with the pictures in order to see the body and its power. The body is cropped and photographed as mass, but when distorted by process, the body and skin transform into layers of sensibility and emotion. There is a sense of vulnerability and comfort with this haunting work. The images became a reflection of not only attitude or memory, but my skin tone as well. This project presented a manner in which I might be perceived: heavy, shadowed, and definitely black. These new colors reflect the nature of my skin. While initially dismal, a sense of delicacy and grace rises out of the imagery.

Myra Greene received her MFA from the University of New Mexico. She has had solo shows at John Sommers Gallery, The American Gallery, and been a part of group exhibitions at, Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Synapse Gallery and Center for Photography, Rochester Contemporary, Center for Photography at Woodstock, SRO Gallery, Texas Tech University, Northlight Gallery, Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, Warren Robbins Gallery,Anderson Gallery,Grossman Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, East and West Galleries, Texas Woman’s University, The Print Center, Philadelphia,The University of New Mexico Art Museum. Albuquerque, New Mexico, AC2 Gallery, The Red Eye Gallery, Joseph Gross Gallery, Community College Visual Arts Gallery, Harwood Art Center, and John Sommers Gallery.

She has completed residencies at Light Work, Center for Photography at Woodstock and received fellowships from the International Photography Institute, the University of New Mexico, and a Curatorial Fellowship, Video Program, Department of Film and Video, Museum of Modern Art. Myra has received a FEED grant from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Research Project and Travel Grant from University of New Mexico as well as scholarships from the Society for Photographic Education and Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Journal of Contemporary Photography Award from The Print Center in Philadelphia.