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.
As a three-dimensional artist, I find my installations show a strong interest in archaic and primitive art, geometry, architecture and topography. I like to work primarily in wood because it is alive with memories and history, 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, but which enhance the nature of the work. The material I find allows me to realize the concepts I envision.