Georganna Greene is a local freelance artist and art handler whose latest exhibit, WRIST CLOUD WARM, is showing April 5 to May 5 at the Red Arrow Gallery. Greene has a BFA from University of Tennessee, and she’s studied painting and art history at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Italy. Previously her work appeared at the Julia Martin Gallery, Ground Floor Gallery, and Crosstown Arts Memphis, among others. WRIST CLOUD WARM marks Greene’s first foray into plein air practice, and the result is abstract work that uses natural settings as the jumping-off point for dense, challenging meditations on the symbiosis between humans and their environments.
On WRIST CLOUD WARM:
Together, these paintings document my progress over the last year, oscillating between studio projects and plein air practice. Experiences outside in protected parks, near bodies of water, beaches, and mountains inspire my current work. Driftwood, redwoods, and oak trees find their way into my abstract language as vehicles which visually lead the eye around the space created on the canvas.
Like A D A G I O, my last solo show at Red Arrow Gallery, this body of work continues to investigate how physical sensation, movement, and tempo connect people to the wild. Drawing from my childhood as a ballet dancer and pianist, I recall a relationship between this familiar, ever-present tempo and the rhythmic process of making art. My paintings celebrate and link a sustainable, flourishing earth to a sustainable, flourishing self.
Tension and sorrow preside here, visual groans happen within the fluid motion of the medium, and growing pains are given a voice. At the same time, the active pouring, dripping, sanding, spray paint, and technical brushwork merge together to create energized, warm moments. Painting helps me mourn what I feel we have lost, hope for betterment, and embrace the mystery in the meantime.