Portrait of Molly Greene in her studio

Molly Greene

Unsolicited life forms

“An ornament can be viewed as inherently excessive, inessential or superfluous to the thing that it decorates. Yet I see the way one ornaments oneself, through everything from dress to gesture, as inextricable from the performance of self.”

Through her paintings, Molly Greene calls into question society’s binary nature. She displaces familiar objects in her paintings, creating images that are impossible to categorise. Organic matter like hair, scientific dissections, and plants are spliced and morphed into one semi-surrealist object. This single form is then depicted against a timeless, psychedelic background. To begin with, her work...

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Molly Greene (she/her) was born in 1986 in Cornwall, Vermont, in the United States. Greene is currently based in Los Angeles, California.


Molly Greene has four qualifications from Yale university, including a Master’s in Environmental Sciences and another in Philosophy. She also received her PHD in American Studies from Yale in 2019.

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Molly Greene started painting in 2018, when she moved to Los Angeles to finish her dissertation for her PHD. When she arrived, she was inspired by the nature of California, combined with her recent studies, and so began to paint.

Collaborations with Molly Greene

Avant Arte and Molly Greene have one upcoming collaboration.