Amber Eagle received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from California College of Art in Oakland, CA. She was a Core Fellow with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Glassell School of Art , and has been an artist in residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, The McColl Center, Charlotte, NC, The Portland College of Arts and Crafts in Oregon, and at Lawndale Center for Art. Her work is included in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
The Southern Gothic /Mexican Baroque flavor of my work comes from a background in both. It is concerned with issues of the environment, the feminine and cross cultural dialogue as told thorough platforms of humor and beauty.
I explore constructs of the feminine through iconic female imagery – Godesses, Southern Belles, beauty queens, Holy Virgins, reclining nudes- envisioning their future evolutionary forms based on our current socio -environmental situation.
I am fascinated with the ephemeral and ritual art forms we use to celebrate personal and historical events – thus my use of immaterial materials like paper, sugar and ribbon.
Having lived in Mexico much of my life its architecture, folk arts , folk saints and the imagery arising from a combination of Catholic and Indigenous tradition have inspired me to use disparate cultural elements together to explore the depth of their differences and show how much they have to offer each other.
Living in Houston now so close to the oil industry and refineries my work has become increasingly influenced by nature imagery such as plants and seeds. Plants in terms of their mysterious methods of environmental adaptability and seeds in that they represent the possibility of growth which we are slowly loosing as seed variety has now dwindled to half.