Amber Doe


About the Artist

Amber Doe (b. Washington DC) currently lives and works in Tucson, AZ. She holds a BFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a recipient of the 2021 Abbey Awards Fellowship, 2021 Connect the Dots Fellowship, and a recipient of 2017 and 2016 Lyman Fund Grant. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Museums, Seattle, the Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, The Irwin House Gallery, Detroit, The LeRoy Neiman Art Center, New York, Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, La Ira de Dios, Buenos Aires, MCLA Gallery, MA, and a solo performance exhibition at The Thief Hotel, Oslo.

I am a multimedia artist who uses sculpture and performance to bear witness to the experiences of black women even as American society aims to render us and our lives as invisible and meaningless. Despite the prevalent “urban black” narrative, my experience is tied to the natural world, and I use materials that reference my desert environment and my lived experience as a black woman with Indigenous roots: palm leaves, branches, flowers, hair extensions, and cotton rope all give form to my sculptures, installations, videos, and performances.

Pronouns: She/her

Amber Doe
Photo credit: Antonio Palmieri

About the Process

My work springs from ancestral and environmental connection – natural and societal. As a descendant of American slavery I look at black experience, mythology, relationships, and rituals. Working from a space of interconnection relates to subject and material. Natural elements like branches, leaves and animals sounds are integral to the work. Material as metaphor is essential, I often end up using myself in my work to increase visibility.

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