INSIGHT Art Talk: Ellen Greene
940 New Hampshire St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Ellen Greene is a Chicago artist whose recent work focuses on vintage women’s gloves, which she paints with reworked traditional western tattoo motifs. This work explores the visual tension of this imagery.
The gloves are symbols of a historical set of “ladylike” behaviors that included modesty, purity, and submissive attitudes. The tattoos in contrast speak a language of masculine behaviors. Traditional western tattoo narratives developed through sailor, and later, biker culture. This heroic and deviant imagery left out any authentic feminine expression. I seek to rework these traditional motifs to find a voice for my personal experiences as a heavily tattooed woman in the traditional role of wife and mother. I use vintage objects, photography, and painting to purge emotional static from daily living. I am in a constant conversation through objects with my body, my world, pop culture, gender politics, and caregiving. —Ellen Greene
Greene is part of the group exhibition, Not in Kansas Anymore.