Melody Owen is an ecologically minded, conceptual new media and multi-disciplinary artist and writer from the mossy, green state of Oregon.
Her interests have coalesced around concerns about the rapid destruction of the environment (ecosystem collapse, biodiversity loss, mass extinction) and she is especially interested in animals as subjective beings with their own embodied forms of language, perception, cognition, and culture - as well as how recent developments in technology, especially virtual worlds, may provide an opportunity to rethink normalized assumptions about humanity, reality and perception in relation to the natural world that we are connected to and entangled with. She is currently exploring these ideas as a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Owen is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland and has a MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts as well as a MA in Environmental Arts and Humanities. She has exhibited work at the Portland Art Museum, Nine Gallery, PDX Gallery, and many other venues and festivals around Portland, the United States and the world. She designed a 30 foot chandelier modeled after the sound wave forms of endangered Oregon birds which is permanently installed at the Nines Hotel in downtown Portland.
She has won art awards and fellowships, and artist residencies in Paris, Quebec, Iceland, Switzerland, Austria, New York, California and Oregon. She has had books published by several small presses in Portland, as well as being included in regional artist collections, and was an Artforum Critic’s Pick in 2015. She has curated video screenings at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art TBA festival, Cornell University, Hallwalls, and Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles and given lectures, readings and artist presentations at bookstores, galleries and Universities.
Above photo by Anna Fidler