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Interior

Interior, 2017, Digital Photographs, Found Objects, House Paint

Apartment 404 Not Found

Apartment 404 Not Found, 2016, Virtual Reality Installation, Entire contents of my Apartment, Moving Pallet, Plastic Wrap

Orientation Kit

Orientation Kit, 2016, 1 Compass Plant Seed, a bottle of Homemade Rooting Hormone, Dirt from my childhood home.

Free to a Good Home

Free to a Good Home, 2016, Artist Book of Screenshots of Craigslist ads for 'free to a good home' and the resulting Gmail exchanges

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About Amber Eve

Baltimore City

Amber Eve Anderson is a multidisciplinary artist whose work uses images, objects, and language to explore themes of home and displacement, often combining aspects of the digital and the real. She is currently a Resident Artist at School 33 and a regular contributor at BmoreArt. In 2016 she was a Baker Artist Award finalist and was awarded residencies at Wagon Station Encampment with Andrea Zittel in Joshua Tree, CA and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City. Her work has been... more

Interior

By color matching a series of family photographs with interior paint swatches—each of which has an evocative name—I turn personal images into abstractions—universal ideas—that also operate as found poems. Using the palettes established by these photographs, I painted found objects in singular, flat colors. Installed in a gallery space, the color of the objects extends to include the pedestals on which they sit and the architectural aspects of the gallery.

Apartment 404 Not Found

For Apartment 404 Not Found I moved my home into the gallery. I then documented the installation as a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) image before removing all of the furniture. A half-circle "orientation table" similar to what you might find at a hilltop vista, sits in the center of the space, the absent objects depicted on its surface. The dislocation of relocation is exemplified by the juxtaposition of physically standing in a vacant space while viewing that same space in virtual reality filled with the belongings of home. The furniture from the installation—packed atop a moving pallet, wrapped in plastic—became a sculptural object alongside the VR installation. My home remained empty for the duration of the exhibition.

Free to a Good Home

Through this collection of objects offered and acquired for ‘free to a good home’ on Craigslist, I construct an image of home based on the things within it. Everyday objects gain importance through personal histories and associations. At times poetic, at times mundane, the pages within document the ads and subsequent email exchanges, offering a glimpse into the online interactions of the anonymous. From a classic 1940s sofa to an underwater camera case, the ephemera of one home assumes life in another, each object connecting every home. Available for purchase at Printed Matter (New York, NY) and Amazon.com.

Orientation Kit

I developed Orientation Kit while a fellow at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City. Each kit includes one Compass Plant seed, a plant indigenous to the prairies of the Midwest that orients itself in relation to the sun, a bottle of homemade Rooting Hormone from the cottonwood tree, and dirt from my childhood home. I mailed one kit to each of my previous 20 addresses. Having oriented myself in relation to the places of my past that have shaped me, the Orientation Kit considers ways of orienting oneself beyond the directions of a map or the coordinates of a compass.

1320

Compiled FaceTime video of my older brother and younger sister describing memories of our childhood home to me. Meant to be viewed on a handheld device. Visit https://vimeo.com/150124810 for optimal handheld viewing.

  • 1320

    Compiled video of my older brother and younger sister describing memories of our childhood home to me over FaceTime. Meant to be viewed on a handheld device. Visit https://vimeo.com/150124810 for optimal handheld viewing.

Two Homes or None

A triptych of videos working through displacement, translation, and transition as I navigated life between Baltimore, MD and Rabat, Morocco.

  • Transliteration

    An excerpt from Mahmoud Darwish’s poem about the death of Edward Said is the basis for this video. Originally written in Arabic, this excerpt is the English translation. The English translation was then transliterated back into the Arabic alphabet. The Arabic letters approximate the sounds of the English language as best as possible.
  • Seabed

    The bed is the most intimate of spaces. Over the course of one month, I took aerial photographs of my sheets each morning. The space of the intimate becomes the place of the immense in which the daily documentation of bed sheets stand in for sea swirls—the Atlantic Ocean that separated my two homes.
  • GhaRaBa

    From a single three-letter Arabic root—gha, ra, ba—comes a list of more than 50 words and three times as many translations, including not only the Arabic word for Morocco (al-Maghreb), but also place of the setting sun, life away from home, and exile. Using Hans Wehr’s Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, I compiled this list of words with screenshots from Google Image Searches for the same words in Arabic alongside their English equivalents.

Views from Paradise

An ongoing project in which I photograph views from inside “paradise” looking out and then publicly upload the photos to Google Maps. By applying the principles of psychogeography to the digital landscape, "Views from Paradise" uses language as a means to subvert our understanding of place (i.e. paradise) and insert poetics into modern methods of navigation (i.e. Google Maps). See the growing collection of "Views from Paradise" here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1UEbfiEnWU9B9mVY5_yZ5HL_r6hI&usp=sharing

Holes in the Digital Sphere

Google Street View does not exist in Morocco, but with the release of the Google Street View App in the fall of 2015, users are able to capture and upload their own 360 degree street view images using their personal devices. If the user fails to capture the sky overhead, a black hole appears in the image. This piece shows all of the black holes in the digital Google Street View sky over Morocco, collected by taking screenshots while searching through all of the images. They are arranged in ascending order, so the smallest holes appear at one end of the line of images until the screenshot finally becomes entirely black. This references the gap between one's experience of a real place and one's experience of that place through digital representation.

A Breeze From the Other Side of the Atlantic, 2014

A fan built from scratch that replicates real-time wind speed from Rabat, Morocco by using a 12V DC motor and an Arduino microcontroller. The fan updates its speed every 60 seconds based on online weather data for Rabat from the National Weather Service. When the program is running, one can stand in front of the fan and feel the same intensity of breeze that is simultaneously in Rabat.

Beit en Valise, 2014

Beit en Valise is a conflation of “house” in Arabic -- beit -- and “in a suitcase” in French -- en Valise, which alludes to Marcel Duchamp's seminal work Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Suitcase). This piece is a documentation of everything I own in 770 photographs that I made in preparation for a move from Washington, DC to Rabat, Morocco. Upon leaving Washington I installed the photographs in the various spaces I inhabited until my belongings arrived in my new home in Rabat. These places included a hotel room in Washington, a camper van in New Zealand, and my parents' basement in Nebraska.

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