I’m thrilled to announce my first two person show, opening Friday May 2, 2014 details below…

Newspace Center for Photography is excited to present The Nature of Things an exhibition by Billings, Montana photographer and educator Sarah Knobel and Portland, Oregon photographer Melanie Flood.

The two-person show The Nature of Things combines Sarah Knobel’s series Icescapes and Melanie Flood’s series Suggested Experiences. Icescapes address the fragility of the natural world and the relationship between it and a human-made, synthetic environment. Suggested Experiences focuses on the relationships between objects and a how they are able to express memory, time and the process of change. Both artists utilize the traditions of still life, product photography and landscape to arrive at their desired outcomes.

Newspace Center for Photography
1632 SE 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

Exhibition on view: May 2 - June 1, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, May 2, 2014, 6-9pm
Artist Q&A: Saturday, May 3, 2014, 1pm
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10am-9:30pm Friday-Sunday: 10am-6pm

The Nature of Things is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) of Portland, OR and through a Creative and Research Endeavors (CARE) Grant, Montana State University Billings, MO.

From Jo Ann Callis's Woman Twirling.

Home, she said, “is a place of comfort and discomfort. There is a parallel between the two in most everything. I wanted to make work that represented that dichotomy.”

Nevine Mahmoud sculptures at USC MFA Open Studios.

I don’t have a show at Blue Sky, but I have a photograph on the No Strings wall 10/29-11/3. (at Blue Sky Gallery)

Tonight in Portland… MoCC Visiting Curator Amanda Hunt

Updated my website with some fun new work, check it out.


MONDAY 8.4.13, TUESDAY 9.4.13, WEDNESDAY 10.4.13, THURSDAY 11.4.13, FRIDAY 12.4.13, SATURDAY 13.4.13, SUNDAY 14.4.13, MONDAY 15.4.13, TUESDAY 16.4.13, WEDNESDAY 17.4.13, THURSDAY 18.4.13, FRIDAY 19.4.13, SATURDAY 20.4.13, SUNDAY 21.4.13, MONDAY 22.4.13

Friday, July 19, 7–9pm

July 19–September 12, 2013
Hours: Thursday–Sunday, 12–6pm

2011 Ongoing
22 1/8 x 13 3/4 inches

If you find yourself in Austin in July-September def check out my mentor and all around amazing woman & friend Devon Dikeou's exhibition Please at AMOA-Arthouse

Please is an exhibition inspired by the last sixteen still lifes made by 19th-century modernist painter Edouard Manet at the end of his life. Painted while dying of syphilis, the flower paintings differ greatly in their subject matter as well as their humble sizes from Manet’s iconic portraits such as Olympia (1863) and The Bar at the Folies Bergere (1882). Often overlooked, these sixteen intimate paintings caused no scandals. For this project, Dikeou set out to meticulously recreate the flowers and vases depicted in the paintings, working extensively with glass blowers and florists to fabricate “sculptures” of the flowers in vases. She then photographed these bouquets and printed them to the exact dimensions of the original paintings. One of Dikeou’s artistic interventions comes in the form of uniformly selecting the background of her photographs and not matching them to Manet’s originals. On view in the exhibition are the sixteen photographs, ten exact replicas of the glass vases (though there are sixteen paintings, it appears that some vases make repeat appearances in Manet’s paintings), and jars filled with dried blooms from the bouquets. Deriving the title of her exhibition from an essay on Manet by art critic Peter Schjeldahl, Dikeou focused on the manner in which the author describes the painter as a man who simply wanted to please his viewers while simultaneously tackling subjects of wealth, remembrance, love, sex, death, and loss. Dikeou plays with the notion of pleasing her viewer as well, questioning the roles of the artist, collector, viewer, and perhaps most directly, the context of the work today.

Blake Andrews interviewed me. If you dislike artist statements but are into psych-trance, pandas and chance get to reading.

It’s coming together and I’m constantly adding new & deleting older work but I finally have a real live website. Check out what I’ve been working on this last year.