Decompositions is an exploration of decay and deterioration both natural and coerced. Through a variety of time-intensive processes Emily Green takes on the roles of excavator, biologist and meditator, experimenting with organic and synthetic materials while examining the… structures of familiar objects and patterns. Green’s approach to the relationship between these objects, the body and nature reveals something hidden and unsettling, drawing connections between human impression on the objects that surround us to erosion found in the natural world. Green plays with ideas of nostalgia associated with worn upholstery, decaying fabric and decorative patterns of a bygone era. Banal household rugs are transformed into abstractions of moss-like texture and materials like rotten food, mold and dirt are employed in traditional textile techniques. Preoccupied with production through slow negation and gentle destruction, Green meditates on themes of death and beauty located in the realm of the domestic.
Emily Green currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a focus in Fiber and Material Studies and Photography in 2005. She has done graduate work towards an MFA at the California College of the Arts, where she received a scholarship to study textiles. Her work has been included in a number of group shows in Chicago, Boulder, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In January, 2010 she co-founded the non-profit organization ACRE.