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Kira Nam Greene

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Miss Havisham Invites You to Tea, Oil, flashe, acrylic ink & pigment pen on canvas, 50” x 40”, 2015
Orientalism I, Oil, flashe and acrylic ink on canvas, 40” x 60”, 2015
Peanut Butter, Saba and Ketchup, Colored pencil, gouache, watercolor, acrylic ink, collage and rhinestone on paper, 40” x 80”, 2
Nebraska Suite No. 5: Reddi to Wip, Watercolor, colored pencil and gouache on paper, 44” x 30”, 2015
Ring Ding vs.Ding Dong , Watercolor, gouache, acrylic ink and acrylic paint on paper mounted on panel, 50” x 36”, 2015
Kira Nam
Artist's Statement

My paintings and drawings are self-portraits with painted collages of estheisized food and complex patterns that represent the plurality and the multiplicity of my identity. The patterns are derived from historical fabrics used in women’s fashion and domestic interiors, which are symbolic of the roles that women have played in various cultures. The patterns, signifiers for both eastern and western cultures form architectural platforms that simultaneously showcase and suffocate the food. Elaborately arranged food from glossy coffee table books is symbolic of the idealization of the feminine body, and the surrogate for the desire to consume and control women. The resulting images are self-portraits that represent the plurality and multiplicity of my identity as an Asian-American immigrant woman.


Born in Seoul, Korea, Kira Nam Greene lives and works in NY. She received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and her MFA from School of Visual Arts, Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and BA in International Relations from Seoul National University. Greene’s paintings are self-portraits with juxtaposed images of food and complex patterns that represent the plurality and multiplicity of her identity as an Asian American. She has shown her work nationally and internationally at venues such as Accola Griefen Gallery, Kiechel Fine Art, A.I.R. Gallery, Union College, Salisbury University, Bronx Museum of Art, Noyes Museum, Piccolomini Palace (Pienza, Italy) and Sheldon Museum of Art. She just finished a residency at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE. Her next solo exhibition will be at Brown University in 2016.