Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, Amber Brown graduated in 2009 with a BA in Art History and a BFA in Painting with teaching certification from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. She relocated to Boone, NC where she became involved with local galleries and worked in marketing. As of 2014, she resides in Richmond, VA.
Brown has been influenced by artists including Kiki Smith, Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Michel Nedjar, Doris Salcedo, and Emmit Gowin. Existentialism and Magical Realism in literature, music, and art have also had a great influence.
While oils are her primary medium, she also turns to assemblage and photography as auxiliary methods within an exhibit to create a gestalt with varied sensory experience and the suggestion of ritualistic narrative.
Upcoming work will continue this blending of mediums, intensifying the dichotomy between the academic and primitive approaches to an ongoing, evolving theme with the introduction of thematic and visual abstraction. The controlled and traditional technique seen in the photo-realistic treatment of oil yeilds to intuitive and less exalted methods, materials and arrangements. Both methods, while ritualistic in their own ways, present final products that differ greatly in how they serve as evidence of human participation in the myth-making process.