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Lydia Greer is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work includes sculptural and video installation, single channel video, puppet theatre, hand-made animation and works on paper. She works with themes of allegory and euphemism in narrative structures exploring the languages of psychology and theatre. Greer is interested in the most elaborate forms of storytelling such as opera, film and puppet theatre as well as the narrative charge of everyday objects and how communication ceremonies play out in the personal, spiritual and historical/political arenas. Each narrative she works with is a misremembered, taboo or unreliable story inviting audience engagement in narrative construction and play.
From 2003-2007 she directed the LET'S DANCE SHADOW THEATRE, a handmade, ragtag puppet company in Portland, OR. Since then her mixed media work has been shown at the Exploratorium Museum, Artists' Television Access, Pacific Film Archive/Berkeley Art Museum, Santa Clara University, Portland Experimental Film Festival, Berkeley Center for New Media, Adobe Back Room Gallery, Royal None Such Gallery and SomArts among other venues. She has also worked as a puppeteer and designer with ShadowLight Productions in San Francisco. Lydia is currently the Artistic Director of Facing West Shadow Opera: a collective of predominantly queer artists, filmmakers, and musicians hybridizing art forms including live opera, animation, shadow theatre and found film to create unique performances, each akin to a live graphic novel with euphoria-inducing live chamber music. She holds an MFA in New Genres/Mixed Media from UC Berkeley and a BA in Printmaking and Drawing from Portland State. She has been awarded a Skowhegan Fellowship, and been an artist in resident at Vermont Studio Center and Kala. Lydia teaches animation, film and visual art in San Francisco.
Lydia lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area,California