Born 1946 Cape Barren Island, Tasmania, Australia
Lives and works in
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Lola Greeno’s practice includes installation, natural fibre basketry and sculptural pieces using black Tasmanian sea kelp. However, she is best known for her shell necklaces, an art form she learnt from her Palawa Elders in Tasmania. Greeno creates traditional and experimental neck pieces that are celebrated for their unique patterns, sequences and exquisite composition. The shells are painstakingly collected and treated in an intricate process in order to retain their lustre before threading. This knowledge was passed to Greeno from her Elders, who have traditionally collected more than 21 shell varieties to make the necklaces. Greeno’s works represent her unbroken commitment to the art form, also drawing attention to environmental change that threatens the fragile natural ecosystem.