Swarm of Bees: The Art of Talia Greene

13 Jan

Talia Greene is a multi-media artist who incorporates photography, digital printing, drawing, and sewing in her work.

We are especially fond of her multi-media prints and her use of actual bees.

The series of prints called Colony, pairs altered portraits of 19th century Westerners with altered Orientalist postcards taken and traded by Westerners in the Colonial era. The themes of sensuality, concealment, and exposure, already implicit in Victorian and Orientalist imagery, are taken here to an absurd degree. The comparisons play with assumptions regarding the colonizer and subject. Here, the insects are the invaders, modestly cloaking the body of “Une Belle Morocain”, or burying a Victorian man in the chaotic swarm of his own beard.

The process involved in making these prints includes digital and manual means.The swarms are created by glueing flies directly onto a print of an antique photograph or postcard. The collage is then scanned, and reprinted. Many of the prints are composed of two prints with different surfaces to mimic Victorian cabinet cards or a page from an antique photo album.


Greene received her BA with departmental honors in art from Wesleyan University in 1998, and her MFA from Mills College in 2002. She has shown her work nationally in the San Francisco Bay Area, and on the East Coast in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, as well as internationally at expositions for digital art in Cuba and Mexico. Visit Talia Green’s website to see more digital prints, drawings and installations. Especially her Victorian hair flower wallpaper!

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