Amber Doe is a research based, intersectional artist working in textile, sculpture, installation, sound, photography and video. Growing up on the rural Drowning Creek Native American Reservation, she vividly understood the complexities of discrimination. Doe creates generative, immersive works with urgency based on American state sanctioned violence. Doe creates work with a historical and contemporary understanding of American and post colonial western societies’ desire to control and subdue black bodies along with a vivid material portrait of her immediate family, diasporic and interspecies family.
Lived experiences as a black American woman are Doe’s chief contextual frameworks including: black femininity, post colonial trauma, autobiographical, ancestral and multigenerational cultural practices and the natural environment. Natural materials and animal sounds used for her sculptures, installations and performances make reference to her lived experience on the reservation and now in the American Southwest: palm leaves, branches, flowers, hair extensions and cotton rope are personal and ancestral.
Doe’s work has been exhibited at the Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, the Museum of Museums, Seattle, the LeRoy Neiman Art Center, New York City and a solo exhibition at Snakebite Gallery, in Tucson, AZ. Doe was awarded the 2022/2023 Projecting All Voices Fellowship through Arizona State University and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. In 2021, Doe was an Abbey Awards Fellow in Painting at the British School at Rome and has been awarded residencies at Arteles in Haukijärvi, Finland, Can Serrat in Barcelona, Spain and La Ira de Dios in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Shown in galleries including Untitled, NY, NY, Irwin Gallery, Detroit, MI, MCLA Gallery, North Adams, MA, and Exo Den Haag, The Hague, NL and a solo exhibition at Snakebite Gallery, Tucson, AZ. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College.