Sarah and Melissa is an on-going artistic collaborative duo with Poet, Sarah Suzor and Photographer, Melissa Kobe. The annual collaboration is based on a two-theme structure where one consistent theme is the changing of the seasons. The second theme is decided upon annually by both artists based on topics they each wish to explore through their respective mediums.
Their inaugural project centered around the natural elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
They are currently working on their 2017 project "The Feminine." (working title)
Sarah Suzor’s collection of poetry The Principle Agent won the 2010 Hudson Prize offered by Black Lawrence Press, who also published Suzor’s second full-length collection, After the Fox. She is the owner and founder of INK, LLC., which provides all-encompassing writing, editing and manuscript consultation services. Her poetry, interviews, and articles have been published nationally. She lives between her hometown, Sheridan, Wyoming and Venice Beach, CA.
Melissa Kobe is a professional photographer based in down town Los Angeles. Her shooting style tells stories that reveal deep truths with dignity and emotion. Her clients include, well-known institutions and corporations as well as private individuals seeking to capture treasured memories or portraits. When not working, Melissa is dreaming of adventures near and far; backpacking, hiking and traveling to new destinations filled with food, beer and good people.
WATCH THE VIDEO!
Check out the video for the duo's first collaboration. "Are You surrounding me" centers around the natural elements; Earth, Air, Water and Fire.
For 2017, Kobe and Suzor decided on the theme, "The Feminine". This is currently the working title until they know exactly what shape the project will take.
Melissa Kobe says, "I've been obsessed with the face of femininity since I was a kid. I remember spending countless hours in Catholic mass and school with only three types of women represented; virgin, mother and whore. The real women in my life didn't even come close to such basic characters. There was so much more complexity than the imagery forced upon us would have us believe. I think in this post "pussy-gate" world we live in, it's more important than ever to shine some light on the grays in-between the black and white ends of the spectrum. Girl power all the way man."
The production schedule for this year's project includes a minimum of 4 photo-shoots with all kinds of women as subjects- Young, old, and from all backgrounds and ethnicities. The more and different, the better. Although all women are welcome, those without work done, or as little done as possible are preferred.
For those interested in being photographed for this project, please contact Melissa here. Nudity is required for the shoot, however, what parts of the body that are visible to the camera will be up to each subjects comfort level. Permission will be obtained by each model prior to any publication.
News & Updates
MELISSA AND SARAH'S FIRST INTERVIEW AS A CREATIVE DUO!!
Thank you Audiofemme for the bitchin' feature.
"Are You surrounding me?"
L.A. Photographer, and L.A. Poet pair together to premier their new collaborative art book at Keystone Spring Show & Open Studio Saturday April 29th, 2017
6:00 - 10:00. KOBE AND SUZOR WILL BE SELLING THEIR BOOK IN MELISSA KOBE'S STUDIO, #A12.