Equilibrium, will be on view at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts beginning in December. Amber began the works in this series with an intentional response to her life and art work. “I had dialed everything in so tight and perfect that it felt constrictive. I found myself wanting to make a mess, pour, splatter, disrupt and feel the movement of my brushstrokes.” – Amber Rahe.
1.Describe you work in 15 words of less
Ink paintings of nature inspired by a spontaneous pouring process.
2.Who/What has influenced you as an artist and why?
My current work is mainly influenced by nature. I draw my subject matter from my environmental and social surroundings. The chaos that has existed in my personal life and in the world the past few yeas has lead me to a more peaceful place in my art. The background layers are completed first and created with a bit of chaos. The imagery then comes forth inspired by the movement of the ink, the colors, and the shapes that are created beyond my control. It is a relationship of push and pull between unorganized marks and developed marks – of turmoil and calm
3. Tell us a bit about your evolution as an artist.
I started painting and drawing around the age of five . My Grandmothers was a painter and gave me lessons. I continued practicing throughout my younger years and by the time I got to college, I knew art was my path. I have a BFA and MA from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a MFA from University of North Dakota.
4. What do have coming up after your exhibit at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts
Unfortunately, due of COvid-19 plans have changed. I am taking it one day at a time and trying to go with the flow. I have made a shift of focus toward online promotion and networking.
5. What do you do for fun outside the studio?
I spend most of my time outside the studio working on home renovation and furniture restoration projects with my husband. I truly love making things. I also enjoy time with friends and playing with my two cats.
Amber’s work has appeared at venues in the Mankato, MN area including The 410 Project, Lookout Gallery, and The Emmy Frentz Arts Guild. She serves as an adjunct instructor for Minnesota State University, Mankato and teaches classes at the Art Center in St. Peter, MN.
Equilibrium will be on view December 1, 2020 – January 15, 2021.
Join us for a Zoom Gallery Talk on 12/9 at 5:00 pm
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The Visual Arts Exhibition series is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund