Phyllis Green

Samidh (Hood), 2015
Fabric and wood
50 x 22 x 18 inches

The work will be displayed behind a window on the north side of the building facing Wilshire Place. ("Wilshire Place" is the alley just north of 1218 but south of Wilshire Blvd.). Please note that this work can only be seen on the north side of the building.

The artist will be seated in front of a window, dressed in a hand-made cape and silently reading from the BHAGAVAD GITA

Artist statement
The suggestion that we change our lives like we change our clothes was offered in the Bhagavad Gita, the ancient Sanskrit verses that are often regarded as the most influential text shaping Hindu spiritual thought and life:

“Worn-out garments
Are shed by the body;
Worn-out bodies
Are shed by the dweller
Within the body.
New bodies are donned
By the dweller, the garments”

Phyllis Green began her career as an artist, educator and curator in Los Angeles in 1981. Her practice integrates gender politics and the sphere of craft. Though she has worked in video, installation and performance, she is primarily an object maker who represents the body. These bodily surrogates have taken the form of skeletal fragments, organs, garments and containers. Most recently, her focus is the contrast between the material world and the immaterial world of belief. Green’s sculpture has been exhibited nationally and internationally for forty years. She is the recipient of individual artist’s fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Santa Monica and The California Community Foundation. The J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation named her a Fellow in Fine Arts in 2014. She has taught extensively at universities in Southern California, including UCLA and USC.