I was raised in an illusion of a house; where the separation of interior and exterior were not distinct. Parts of our home were left unfinished which left 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.
My work is based through my lived experiences but strives to understand the complexities and tensions between rural and urban life. I maintain a special focus on how our cultural space informs our individual relationship with the natural world. I’m questioning how our class and cultural upbringing shapes the values we assign our environment. I work with historically craft-based and domestically ripe materials as a way to relate to the home and the secure, while still asking us to deeply examine our presumptions. Through the integration of new media, like digital photography, I’m rooting us in time and asking us to reconsider materiality and gendered labor.
Amber Imrie is a visual artist working in a hybrid practice using her own autobiographic story to investigate the cyclical nature of time, rural femininity, domesticity, rural American culture, nature connectiveness, and economic inequality.
Imrie was born and raised off-the-grid (with no electricity or running water) in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. She was home schooled throughout her childhood and first attended public school consistently at the age of twelve. She only attended school for three years before testing out. Less than a year later, she moving out on her own at age sixteen. In 2009 Imrie returned to higher education to pursue a bachelor's degree in visual arts.
Amber was born and raised off-the-grid in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. She was home schooled throughout her childhood and first attended public school consistently at the age of twelve. She only attended school for three years before testing out. Less than a year later, she moved out on her own at age sixteen. In 2009, Imrie-Situnayake returned to higher education to pursue a bachelor's degree in visual arts.
In 2013, Amber received an BA in studio art from the University of California, Berkeley and was awarded Excellence in Sculpture of her class. Following graduation, she founded Venison Magazine, an online contemporary art magazine which she continues to run today. Amber has exhibited in galleries across the United States notably at Paseo Interactive Art Festival in Taos, NM in 2015 and a solo exhibition at Napa Valley Museum in 2016.
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. Amber is a graduating MFA candidate from Stanford University and excited to announce she’s recently accepted a 4-year studio residency from Palo Alto’s Cubberley Art Studio Program and will be artist-in-resident at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in Summer 2019.