(Staking site for Haudenosaunee "Solar Longhouse", 2012 Version
at Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario)
Kelly Greene is a multi-media artist whose work includes painting, sculpture, installation, and photography. She is a Mohawk member of the Turtle Clan of the Six Nations Reserve in Ohsweken, Ontario, her father's birthplace.
Greene has lived in London, Ontario for thirty years where she obtained a BFA from the University of Western Ontario, although she was reared primarily in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she lived for twenty years. After a lifetime of art making, inspired first by her father's incredible drawing ability, she began studying visual art at the University of New Mexico in 1983.
She has exhibited in Canada and the United States for over twenty five years in solo and group exhibits, primarily at the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario but also Banff, Alberta; Vancouver, B.C.; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and London, Ontario; Santa Fe, New Mexico, and most recently in Howes Cave, New York. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, and in 2012 and 2015 she was commissioned to complete two permanent outdoor installations at the Woodland Cultural Centre. She has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
Her art focuses primarily on the devastating impact colonization has had on Canada's Indigenous population, which includes unsettled land claims such as the Haldimand Treaty granted to Six Nations people in 1784, atrocities and injustices such as residential schools that government and church enforced on Indigenous children, and current disastrous, nearly irreversible environmental conditions. She has hope for reconciliation now that we know the truth so future generations will again thrive.