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Amber Vittoria

United States

It can definitely be challenging to quiet the voice in my head that strives for a sense of perfection

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New York City-based illustrator Amber Vittoria is self-proclaimed product of her time. The artist works both digitally and by hand, producing a result that includes both sweeping surfaces of colour and shape, and irregular manual lines.

“For me, working both ways roots my work in the present-day”, she explains. “The ability to create solely digitally, solely by hand, or a combination of both, is very much art in 2018.”

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The subject of her art is very much tied to the present moment as well. With the representation of women being questioned from many sides of the cultural discussion, Amber takes a clear stand.

Her portrayal of women is unlike that which art history has taught her, her female forms have longer legs and arms than they are supposed to, they are bulky, they are hairy.

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She voices a sentiment about her work that can easily be extended to real-life women. “It can definitely be challenging to quiet the voice in my head that strives for a sense of perfection”, she admits. “When that voice does get a bit loud, I remind myself that perfection is a figment of imagination, and the figures I paint are more beautiful and complex than perfect.”

In her practice, Amber loves the focus she has when working on a piece, saying: “I love how painting and drawing make the passage of time seem secondary.”

But like all of us, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in a day – which was the starting point for her Komono piece. “I was inspired by the notion of never having enough time, and trying to combat said idea with having several watches”, she muses. “The piece is a combination of digital and hand-drawn strokes, which plays into the thought that as time progresses, so has the process to create art.”