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Donna Green

Donna Green in her studio, 2019

Donna Green (Australian, b. 1960) is a New York City-based ceramic artist and photographer. Her distinct work is about the evocative manipulation of clay and the fluid nature of glazes, and appear to be in continuing state of growth and transformation. Green plays with coils of stoneware, prodding and poking to create anthropomorphic gestural shapes that burst and stretch into space testing the clay’s physical limits. Her distorted and otherworldly vessels investigate the dichotomy of the grotesque and the beautiful; the heroically scaled urns undulate and drip with layer upon layer of glaze that demonstrate her interest in garden grottos of the Baroque era. The dramatic bulges and depressions almost resemble metalworking techniques rather than clay. Green also draws inspiration from the Far East looking to the ancient Jomon ceramics of Japan and Chinese Han Dynasty storage jars, as well as Gonshi, the natural occurring scholars’ rocks.

Green earned a BA in Industrial Design in 1984 from Sydney College of the Arts in New South Wales, Australia. In 1985 Green moved to New York and joined Industrial Design Magazine as one of its editors. Green began working in clay in 1988, studying at Greenwich House Pottery and the New School in New York; and, in 1997 at the National Art School, Sydney. She has exhibited widely and her work is included in private and public collections including the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, Australia.

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DONNA GREEN
Australian, b. 1960

Lives and works in New York, NY

EDUCATION
1980-1984       Sydney College of the Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Industrial Design
1986-1988       The New School, New York, New York
1995                Workshop, “Fire Up” with Janet Mansfield, Gulgong, NSW
1997                The National Art School, Sydney, NSW
2000                The Handbuilt Vessel with John Gill, The Anderson Ranch, 
                              Snowmass, Colorado
2011                Workshop with Chris Gustin, David Pinto and Doug Casebeer,
                              The Goodhope Plantation, Jamaica
2017-2018       New York Studio School of Drawing Painting and Sculpture,
                              New York, NY
2018                The Vessel as Metaphor with Tony Marsh, The Anderson Ranch, 
                              Snowmass, Colorado                  

RESIDENCIES
2019                Artist Fellowship, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
                        Resident Artist, California State University Long Beach
                               Contemporary Ceramics Center

PUBLIC COLLECTION
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, NSW

PUBLICATIONS
“Hidden in Plain Sight,” Architectural Digest, March 15, 2018
“A Bold All Red Bouquet…”, The Wall Street Journal, 22 December 2016
“Donna Green: Clay 2,” Art and Australia, February, 2015
“A De Kooning Inspired Flower Arrangement,” The Wall Street Journal,
     May 30, 2014
“Coiled Pots,” Ceramics Technical, No. 5, 1997, Sydney, NSW

EXHIBITIONS
2020                Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY
                       ‘Form’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
2019                ‘Sydney Contemporary 2019’, Carriageworks, Utopia Art Sydney,
                               NSW
                        Dobrinka Salzman Gallery, New York, NY
                        ‘Clay 5’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
                        Sculpture Space, Long Island City, NY
2018                ‘RE:CONSTRUCTION’, McClain Gallery, Houston, Texas
                        ‘Sydney Contemporary 2018’, Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW
                        ‘Clay 4’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
                        ‘The Small Works’, Malia Mills and Folioeast, East Hampton, NY
                        Hampton Good Design, Wainscott, NY
                        Kimcherova Gallery, New York, NY
                        Sculpture Space, Long Island City, NY
2017                ‘Sydney Contemporary 2017’, Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW
                        ‘Museum III’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
                        ‘Alternative Museum’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
                        ‘Winter Salon’, Malia Mills, East Hampton, NY
2016                ‘Clay 3’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
                        ‘Weird Ceramic’, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, VIC
                        ‘The Last Hurrah’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
2015                ‘Vessels”, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
                        ‘Clay 2’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
                        ‘Collectible’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
2013                ‘Vessels’, Storefront Gallery at Greenwich House, New York, NY
2012                ‘Home’, Umbrella Arts, New York, NY
2009                ‘Please Handle the Pots’, Legge Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1997                ‘Ceramics’, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, NSW

 

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