Constructing the Photograph: Diane Pierce and Susan Hyde Greene

January 12 – April 16, 2023

Diane Pierce, Untitled #7, from the series Paper Constructs, 2022, archival pigment print, 21 x 28.39 in.

Constructing the Photograph: Diane Pierce and Susan Hyde Greene presents the work of two California photographers working in different methods – cutting, stitching, reassembling, re-photographing – to manipulate and reimagine the photographic medium. Exhibiting together for the first time, Constructing the Photograph highlights the singularity of each artist’s imagery and the individuality of their respective processes. Diane Pierce uses photography to animate and make permanent her otherwise temporary paper structures. For Susan Hyde Greene, the medium is a means to document the fractured images she meticulously stitches back together. Their compelling interplay is a cohesive articulation of temporal identity and the dimensionality of material.


Susan Hyde Greene, Overflowing Beautiful Yellow, 2020, mended pigment print, 17 x 22 in.


About the Artists

Diane Pierce has used the medium of photography as her primary expressive tool. Themes for her work have most consistently included the exploration of still life, assemblage, collage, and drawing. She studied both painting, drawing, and photography as an undergraduate student at San Francisco State University and completed her graduate studies in photography at Mills College, Oakland, CA. Pierce has a thorough background in traditional and digital skills as well as alternative photographic processes that often integrate a variety of mediums. She has taught for over thirty years and served as the Photography Chair at De Anza College, Cupertino, CA. Her work is in the collections of SFMOMA, San Francisco; the MFA, Houston; and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

Susan Hyde Greene is an award-winning fine art photographer. She cuts her images apart to then stitch them back together in a reflection of relationships and humanity. An avid traveler, her artwork is created from images from all over the world. Hyde Greene’s images relay stories from impressions of experiences, thoughts, and memories about the world around her. Greene received her BFA in textiles, photography, and art history from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and her MFA from the University of Utah. Her work is in several public and private collections, including Adobe Systems. She is represented by Smith Andersen North, Green Chalk Contemporary, and SFMOMA Artists Gallery.


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