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. I was a child born into the utopian back-to-the land movement. But romanticism of raising your children off-the-grid / off-the-land was a step removed from the often uncomfortable and isolating reality.
As a female, I understood my feral body in this rural landscape where my gendered identity and manners developed removed from urban sexualization, assumptions, and gendered restrictions.
Throughout my adulthood in coastal urban centers, I learned that the people around me had a strict binary view of performative gender norms and a homogenous view of my southern homeland. This led me to further expose the diversity of the rural southern states of America, starting with those in my own community.
My work explores rural living through a queer feminist lens as it intersects with gender, domestic life, and environmentalism. Through auto-ethnographic research and photography, I position the personal as political, the unique as universal, and the traditional as temporal and question the stability of our environmental and communal lives.
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 with honors from UC Berkeley with a BA in Studio Art and awarded Excellence in Sculpture. 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.
Amber has been an artist in residence at Amsterdam’s NDSM Treehouse and Elsewhere Studios in Colorado, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and ChaNorth in New York. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally, including Paseo interactive art festival, in New Mexico PDMX in Mexico City and Napa Valley Museum in California.
Imrie was awarded the Murphy 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 currently resides in Portugal.