Amber Smith is an emerging Artist, Curator, Creative Programmer and Writer examining contemporary proliferations of collections and how these operate as a counter-practice to - or a complimentary practice of - digital and new media streams. Conceptually, Smith delves into notions of the archive; the psychology of collecting; the habits and motivations of accumulation; curatorial and typological considerations within the collections of objects; 'the artist as collector'; collecting as contemporary arts practice; and how object/thing theory has changed/evolved within the context of contemporary society.

 

Amber Smith's practice manifests in the physical - through assemblage, abstract workings of objects, archive systems, unique and abstract typological arrangements, performative actions and installations,  and the written - through collecting, compiling and assembling words, a poetic practice that runs alongside her work with objects. This writing component acts as a bolster and parallel; the notion of non-linear narratives are perpetuated in much the same manner as the physical practice manifests. Meaning, association and the conceptual ideas which tether the importance of objects to individuals, communities and societies is maintained through this written and spoken word. 

Amber Smith is a current PhD candidate at Deakin University in the School of Communication and Creative Arts. She holds a bachelor of Design Arts (Visual Arts) and a First-Class Honours Degree in Creative Arts at Deakin. Amber Smith is the Curator and Creative Programmer at the Courthouse Youth Arts Centre in Geelong and a Tertiary Tutor in Arts at LCI in Melbourne. 

All images by Leiko Manalang and © Amber Smith