Kimberly Greene

Equilateral Brick Series 1 (detail), 2013. Porcelain. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Kenosha, WI

Overview

Kimberly Greene’s bricks are not the mortared blocks of masonry construction. Yet, the notion of building pervades her work. Greene’s dual interest in the sciences and the arts is evident in works she describes as “design and engineering oriented.” Her jewel-toned, porcelain bricks are based on the equilateral pyramid; however, when displayed as horizontal, interlocking forms rather than stacked units, they reference floral patterning and undulating landscapes. Greene ultimately undermines the functionality of her brickwork through the playful use of curvaceous shapes, positive and negative space, and artful arrangements. She fuses ideas rooted in utility and the built environment with elements of the natural world and the more ornamental concerns of pattern and décor. 

Biography

Kimberly Greene began her career in electrical engineering and computer science. After earning a degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University in 1988, she worked for eleven years in computer-related fields before returning to school to study art. She earned her MFA from Louisiana State University in 2005. Greene was a ceramics instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2005–06, an art instructor at Baton Rouge Community College in 2006, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of ceramics and foundations at Michigan State University before joining the faculty at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2007 as an Assistant Professor of Art.