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Melody Owen

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Drought in Kenya: Swan, 2009 Collage (hand Cut)
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Reconstruction, 2012
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Cutaway: Translation, 2015 Collage 10 X 10 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery
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Flowers and Stars are Small, 2008 Porcelain and Garnets
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Ever Drifting W&K Holiday, December 2015 Installation
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Ever Drifting W&K Holliday Installation December 2015
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Under my Skin, 2015 Hand Cut Collage 5.5" X 8.5"
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Under my Skin, 2015 Hand Cut Collage 5.5" X 8.5"
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useless, incorruptible, secret, 2010 Installation With Library Catalogue Cards © Melody Owen
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Beluga Sound, 2007 Wood Carved on a Lathe
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Elephants walking on Sticks, 2009 Hand Cut Collage
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Man Swallows Whale Swallows Diamond, 2009 Hand Cut Collage 12" X 12"
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Birdsong Chandelier, 2008 Blown Glass LED Lighting 30' High 9' Wide
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Birdsong Chandelier, 2008 Blown Glass LED Light 30 ' High
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Sequoia Series, 2015 Carved Postcard 4" X 6"
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Sequoia Series, 2015 Carved Postacrd
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Time is a Tree - Jack Ryan, 2010 Photographic Portrait Series © Melody Owen
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Time is a Tree - Andrea U'ren, 2010 Phtographic Portrait Series
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Time is a Tree - Alicia McDaid, 2010 Photographic Portrait Series
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Time is a Tree - Ellen George, 2010 Photographic Portrait Series
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Time is a Tree - Carson Ellis, 2009 Photographic Portrait Series
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Time is a Tree - Donald Morgan, 2010 Photographic Portrait Series
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Time is a Tree - Cynthia Star Photographic Portrait Series
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Time is a Tree - Donal Mosher, 2010 Photographic Portrait Series
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
San Francisco
Birth year
1969
Lives in
Portland, Oregon
Representing galleries
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.