Rona Green is known for her peculiar figurative printmaking, drawing, painting and sculpture, depicting absurd though beliveable animal hybrids.
Specifically, Rona’s interest is in how identity is expressed via the body; physical appearance and the ways it can be altered; the skin and its potential to be the stem point for transformation - how the body can be a vehicle for story by means of transformative devices, particularly anthropomorphism and body decoration. She depicts outsiders, misfits and loners, who embody our paradoxical want to run with the pack yet maintain our individuality.
Born 1972 in the port city of Geelong, Australia, Rona went on to study art at La Trobe University, Bendigo (1992-95), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (1998), and Monash University, Gippsland (2008-12), where she was awarded a Master of Fine Art degree.
Rona has received numerous accolades for her printmaking including the Silk Cut Award Grand Prize, Swan Hill Print Award and Geelong Print Prize. Additionally her work is represented in over 70 public collections including the National Gallery of Australia.
Since the early 1990s Rona has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally. Exhibitions of note include the Deakin University Art Gallery survey Rona Green: Prints and Poppets 2000-2010, and Champagne taste and lemonade pockets, a survey reviewing a decade of Rona’s printmaking, which toured during 2017-2018 to Bendigo Art Gallery and Benalla Art Gallery.
Rona is a fancier of Egyptian art, historical figures, science fiction, B-grade movies, TV, secret societies, tattooing traditions, subcultures and the animal kingdom. She lives and works in the Dandenong Ranges, Australia, kept company by Oomi the Greyhound whenever in studio.
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Photography by Tim Gresham