Who we are

Amelia Rina standing on the bank of the Willamette River. She has medium length wavy brown hair and glasses. She's smiling faintly at the camera.

Amelia Rina

Founder and Editor in Chief

Amelia (she/they) is a writer, editor, and critic with an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing from School of Visual Arts in New York, NY, and a BFA in Photography from California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. Her writing has been published in BOMB Magazine, Artforum, Art in America, Hyperallergic, Aperture, New Archives, among others. Read recently published work on her website.

Originally from the Bay, Amelia now lives in Portland, OR, on the unceded territories of the Clackamas and Cowlitz nations.

Jaime Salazar standing in front of dark green foliage, blurred in the background. He wears an olive green sweat and black polo shirt. He has salt and pepper grey hair and kind eyes.

Jaime Salazar

Consulting Product Manager

Jaime (he/him) is a Product Manager and Photographer. He has been delivering web-based software for over a decade, while also shooting portraits, music festivals, and DIY music shows.

His photos have been published by Dazed & Confused, Maximum Rocknroll, Artforum, Metal Sucks, Miami New Times, No Thoughts Magazine, Self Titled Mag, VICE, and others. See more of Jaime’s photography on his website.

Based in Portland, OR. 

About us

Variable West is an independent online magazine about art on the West Coast.


Each week, our regional CLIFF NOTES columnists pick the most exciting events and exhibitions on the West Coast. We send them straight to your inbox.