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Melody Owen

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Birthplace
San Francisco

Birth year
1969

Lives in
Portland, Oregon

Website

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Statement

I work in the mediums of collage, installation, sculpture, video, photography, writing, collecting, drawing and books.

My main concerns are with the crucial importance and simultaneous fragile state of our ecosystems. I am continually fascinated by animals and how our perceptions are shaped by and shape our realities. Over the years, I have become increasingly concerned about the way we treat the environment, our fellow creatures and our fellow humans. I am touched by the beauty of  those things which are disappearing from our world; animals, cultures, languages, quiet, clean water... and small things too, even the very smallest.

I have exhibited work with The Portland Art Museum, PDX Gallery, Ditch, PICA, The Art Gym, Good/Bad, Fugitive and multiple other venues worldwide. I've participated in film festivals, given lectures and readings at colleges and bookstores. I have books published by Publication Studio, Future Tense/Scout Books and Container Corps.

This Winter, I had an exhibit of photographs at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, got a critics' pick in Artforum.com, and installed boats filled with trees at Wieden & Kennedy.

I like to live in unfamiliar places and have participated in artist residencies at Cité internationale des Arts in Paris, Est-Nord-Est in Quebec, Gaestatelier Krone in Switzerland, Gestavinnustofa Gilfélagsins á Akureyri in Iceland, and have a BA in Photography from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University in New York.

My current studio is located in a converted 1920s fire station on the bank of the Willamette River in Portland. Right now, I am working on a book about trees. I am represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery. There is a Russian Blue at the studio. We call him Earl Grey.

Recent Exhibits

Melody Owen participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2015 Everything is Water Collages
Elizabeth Leach Gallery
 
Feb, 2015 Words, Words, Words: An Exhibition of Text Based Artwork
Elizabeth Leach Gallery
 
Jan, 2013 Remembering Is Everything
Alter Space
 
Oct, 2011 PAPER QUILT PROJECT: Collaborations in Contemporary Craft
Berkeley Art Center
 
Oct, 2011 Visitors
Traywick Contemporary
 
Mar, 2010 Letters from Switzerland
Elizabeth Leach Gallery
 
Click here to see all exhibits for Melody Owen
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