Rona Green’s fantastical figurative prints, poppets, paintings and drawings explore ideas about the nature of individuality.
Specifically, her interest is in how identity is expressed via the body; physical appearance and the ways it can be altered; the skin and its potential to be the stem point for transformation - how the body can be a vehicle for story by means of transformative devices, particularly anthropomorphism and body decoration. Through the fabrication of strange and unusual hybrid creatures she champions idiosyncrasy.
Born and raised in the port city of Geelong, Australia, Rona went on to study art at La Trobe University in Bendigo (1992-1995) and Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne (1998). She was awarded a Master of Fine Art degree from Monash University, Gippsland Centre for Art and Design in 2012.
Well known for striking pictures of peculiar characters, Rona has received many accolades such as the Geelong Print Prize, Swan Hill Print Acquisitive Award and Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints Grand Prize. In addition her work is represented in over sixty Australian and international public collections including the National Gallery of Australia.
Rona is a fancier of Egyptian art, historical figures, science fiction, B-grade movies, TV, secret societies, tattooing traditions, subcultures and the animal kingdom. Amateur boxing is Rona’s hobby and she was winner of the 2017 Victorian Masters Boxing Championships female novice lightweight title. Rona lives and works in the Dandenong Ranges, Australia.
For more information view Rona's cv (pdf 86kb)
Photography by Bill Conroy