Photo: Lucie Thompson, (2019)
Amber has been practicing as a performance artist in the Illawarra community for the last four years. Amber has successfully established the performance collective Ovuhm, alongside four other strong female artists. Amber has recently completed her studies at the University of Wollongong, completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts and a Bachelor of Communications and Media. Amber has a strong passion for theatre and performance, specifically interested in audience interaction and participation. Amber has worked for Merrigong Theatre Company in the past working on community based projects. In 2017, Amber completed an internship with Unberbelly’s Arts Festival as a technical assistant for Natalie Abbott and Harriet Gillies production Watermelon.
Amber also has a strong interest in professional writing and journalism, having completed a three-month internship with TimeOut Sydney in late 2018 and early 2019. Over this period Amber was able to elevate her writing technique, and network with various artists involved in the 2019 Sydney Festival. In December 2019, Amber worked as a contributor and artist as part of Lucas Ihlein’s publication EXTRA!EXTRA!, a newspaper printed inside the Art Gallery of NSW in response to Kaldor Public Art Projects.
Photo: Jane Strang, (2012)
Nigh yiggun Juundaal. Ngay garni yugen Bundjalung- Kannakan. Nigh jihanny biyanny yugen Dharawal. I belong to saltwater and I am on my way Home.
I don’t have a bio for you as such. I’d rather offer some of myself, than a list of things.
At the best of times I may not know who I am but I know who I belong to. My Grandmother, Granny Jane was a hard woman with ancestral connections I cannot describe and only a select few understand. My Mother, Ellen May, gave and taught me everything about resilience, the strength of compassion and courage in the face of challenge. when I was a child, my Sisters spent hours helping me learn to draw and make.
I am old and new simultaneously. I am a messenger and bridge builder, interested in time travel. Looking to the past, pointing in that direction, to help heal the present and protect the future. I am the sum total of the people who stood here before, this land and all my Ancestors. To the best of my ability, memory-instinct and learning my work is about relationships and is theirs as both gift and duty.
Thanx for popping by!