'Dissolution' is a series of photographs depicting the ruins of monasteries forcibly closed and stripped by Henry VIII during the English Reformation in the sixteenth century. The shells of some of these great buildings still stand, scattered across the country. While living in England, I became drawn to these complex sites with their strong resonance of sacredness echoing against the evidence of ancient violence and present ruin. This series explores the thinning of barriers between rational design and chaotic decay, between certainty and confusion, memory and imagination, searching among the dissolving forms for the fleeting moment of understanding.
This book contains 33 images from the exhibition.
Hope Greene was born in Maryland, United States. She studied photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois and at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating in 2001. Since that time she has worked as a freelance photographer, living and working in the Unites States in Philadelphia, in the United Kingdom near Leeds, and in Italy near Siena. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally. Hope has now returned to her native United States where she currently lives in Illinois, continuing to develop and exhibit a growing body of work.