I investigate defunct city blocks, rural communities, industrial landscapes and the subcultures that exist within them. My curiosity in these sites is a function of my interest in the spaces of abjection and class structures. Through architectural forms, drawings, and reclaimed objects I create a stage that reveals the way in which life emerges within these unexpected situations.
The exploration of so-called “dirty towns” is often my departure point. I gather roadside castoffs, imagining the life that these objects once led. In my hands, these objects are born again; the grim begins to contrast with the glam. Through their transformation, I engender circumstances that depict the space in between dreams and reality. The work is semi- autobiographical, exploring memory and the imagination in a nonlinear fashion. The underlying narratives within the work are a combination of my personal history, bar room tales, and “redneck” stereotypes as well as an amalgamation of abstract memories and appropriated stories.
Amber Cobb is a Colorado based artist, living and working in the Denver area. In 2011 she received her M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since graduating she has created a diverse body of work that explores the duality of the attractive and the abject. Cobb has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions both nationally and internationally. This includes xiao shan xiao at the Hunan Province Art Museum in Kaifeng, China, Sweat Baby Sweat in Los Angeles, and Direct Connect in Berlin. She has shown in numerous exhibitions and institutions in the Colorado region including the Arvada Center, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and at RedLine where she is currently participating in a two-year artist residency.
In 2013 Cobb participated in an artist residency at Demiurge Design where she created her most monumental sculpture to date. Her full size concrete mattress, As I Adapt was included in RedLine’s Not Exactly exhibition. During this year she had her first solo show at the Gildar Gallery and was included in The Biennial of Americas. She has a forthcoming installation as well as an artist residency at 516 Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2014.
Amber Cobb has been with Artnauts since 2014