MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2019
Artist StatementRooted in the poetics of the everyday, my work captures the sense of loneliness intrinsic to the vast expanses of the prairie and the experience of leaving home. As I moved around the world, I saw that same distance repeated in the deserts and coastlines of Peru, Syria, and Morocco. I use the familiar, uninterrupted horizon separating earth and sky to orient myself in the world. I make lists and maps and timelines. I document absences. I traverse digital landscapes. I construct lyrical narratives based on personal experiences and imagined histories. Deliberate and intuitive, I build archives of images, objects, and text.
Amber Eve Anderson is a multidisciplinary artist and writer whose work is rooted in ideas of home and displacement, often combining aspects of the digital and the real. She received her MFA in 2016 from the Mount Royal School of Art multidisciplinary program at MICA. Her work has been exhibited in group shows throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Finland, Morocco, and Peru. She has been awarded residencies at Wagon Station Encampment in Joshua Tree, CA and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City. In 2016, she was a Baker Artist Award Finalist. Her self-published book, Free to a Good Home, was purchased by the New York Public Library and is sold at Printed Matter. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Baltimore and is a regularly contributing writer at BmoreArt.