I was raised in the illusion of a house; where the separation of interior and exterior were not distinct. Parts of our home were never finished; 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.
Gendered male in the womb but born 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 early adulthood in coastal urban centers, I learned that the people had a strict binary view of gender and a homogenous view of my southern homeland. Self-identifying as non-binary, my work explores rural living through a queer feminist lens as it intersects with gender, domestic life, American culture, and environmentalism.
Amber Imrie was raised off-the-grid in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Largely homeschooled throughout her childhood, Imrie first attended public school consistently at the age of twelve. Imrie attended school for three years before testing out of high school and moving out on their own at age sixteen.
Imrie graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with a BA in Studio Art and Excellence in Sculpture award. Imrie received her MFA from Stanford University and was awarded the Anita Squires Fowler Award in Photography. Imrie founded Venison Magazine, an online contemporary art magazine, and Camp Venison, an art micro-residency.
Imrie has been an artist in residence and exhibited work nationally and internationally.
Imrie was awarded the Murphy Cadogan award in 2017 to foster further exploration of her artistic potential in hybrid practice. They were a finalist for both the Summer SOMA residency and the Headlands Graduate Fellowship Award in 2018. Amber currently resides in the Åland Islands, Finland and is a founding member of The Alternative Art School.
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