Best known for her collages, Melody Owen uses both vintage and contemporary imagery, often taking inspiration from fairy tales or fables. A frequent participant in artist-in-residency programs, Owen demonstrates a remarkable aptitude for assimilation, absorbing the materials, attitudes, and mythologies of each new circumstance and culture in her work. In Everything is Water, Owen focuses her illustrations on our connection to the natural world and the way in which our actions create a result. A single drop of water creates a ripple in a pond, a year of life creates another ring around a tree. This connectedness of all things is what drives the work and inspires her collage.
A graduate of the MFA program at Alfred University (Alfred, NY), Owen has exhibited at such locations as the Royal College of Art (London, England), Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), Spoonbill and Sugartown (Brooklyn, NY), Bellevue Art Museum (Bellevue, WA), the Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, OR) and the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR). Owen has completed residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts, (Paris, France), the Gil Society (Akureyri, Iceland) and the Est-Nord-Est Residency (Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Canada). In 2009 she was artist-in-residence at Gaestatelier Krone (Aarau, Switzerland), funded in part by the Oregon Arts Commission.