I was raised in the illusion of a house; where the separation of interior and exterior were not distinct. Parts of our home were left unfinished; leaving whole sections exposed to the elements. Wild animals regularly and easily penetrated our attempt at domestic bliss and the Arkansas wilderness mingled with our home furnishings. The romanticism of raising your children off-the-grid / off-the-land was a step removed from the uncomfortable and isolating reality.
My work explores the culture and politics around rural living, with a special focus on how this forms our relationship with nature and how we view its preservation and worth. Through auto-ethnographic research into my own upbringing, photography of my homeland, and those close to me, I position the personal as political.
I work with historically craft-based and domestically ripe materials as a way to relate to the home and the secure, while evoking themes of fear, inequality, environmental and communal instability. I often integrate new media like digital printing, as a way to pull technological advancements into the conversation of our domestic rural lives, rooting us in time and relating our vision for future to our nostalgia for the past.
Amber Imrie was born and raised off-the-grid in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Amber was largely homeschooled throughout her childhood and first attended public school consistently at the age of twelve. She attended school for three years before testing out of high school and moving out on her own at age sixteen.
Amber graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Studio Art with Honors and awarded ‘Excellence in Sculpture'. In 2018 she received her MFA from Stanford University and was awarded the Anita Squires Fowler Award in Photography. She founded Venison Magazine, an online contemporary art magazine, and Camp Venison, an art micro-residency in 2014 and 2015. Amber has been an artist-in-residence at Amsterdam’s NDSM Treehouse and Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado. She’s exhibited work Nationally and internationally, including Paseo interactive art festival in Taos, New Mexico and Napa Valley Museum in California.
Imrie was awarded the Cadogan award and scholarship in 2017 to foster further exploration of her artistic potential in hybrid practice. She was a finalist for both the Summer SOMA residency and the Headlands Graduate Fellowship Award in 2018. Amber will be artist-in-resident at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in Summer 2019.