Bio / Artist Statement
Phoebe Knapp, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, is a third-generation rancher near Ft. Smith, Montana. She has exhibited widely in the western states and her work is collected throughout the U.S. She divides her time between Ft. Smith and Billings, where she has a studio in the city's historic district.
I am inspired by working in wood because it is alive with memories and surprises, making each piece totally unique and a real challenge. I carve or saw large chunks of wood or entire logs, which are hard to come by in eastern Montana, so the material I find dictates the concept I envision. Because the medium is inherently irregular, however, its energies often result in the sculptures taking on lives of their own.