Artist Features

Melanie Flood

Pink plastic sculpture reminiscent of female health or sexual object

Flood, Melanie. Untitled, 2018. 2020 Individual Artist Fellow, Oregon Arts Commission.

Originally published April, 2020

Melanie Flood’s arrangements use tools of still-life and commercial photography, while examining modern femininity and the female body. “Though the chosen materials are often cheap and flimsy relics of pop culture and mass consumerism (pantyhose, ThighMaster, toilet brush holder),” writes Fourteen30 Contemporary, “they are easily transformed into sensuous, refined reflections of the feminine experience through perfect lighting and the simple act of being photographed.“

Flood holds a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University. She directs Melanie Flood Projects, which began as an artists’ salon located in her Brooklyn residence. In 2014, the gallery relaunched in downtown Portland. She is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary.

Courtesy of the Oregon Arts Commission.

Artist Credit: Melanie Flood