My work takes many different forms. I make installations, sculpture, prints, drawings, and paintings. In all of these, I use abstraction, repetition, line, and color to build space. I want each work to have a sensational physical relationship to the eye and the body, even if it is small. I try to build patterns with an inherent sense of vibration and movement. Many of the patterns are based on math, number systems, or data about the natural world. I’m motivated by my place in a system of time, stars, waves, and particles that is too vast for me to fully comprehend. From this uncertain position, I make work.
Amber Heaton uses systems and patterns to create drawings, paintings, and installations. Her work has been exhibited at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Parrish Museum of Art, International Print Center New York, and other venues internationally. She has participated in residencies at Wassaic Project (2018), Center for Book Arts (2017-16), the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2016). Heaton received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012, and her BFA from the University of Utah in 2009. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in South Korea from 2001-2003. Heaton is based in Brooklyn, NY.
1st photo: Up the Ante, 2019, latex paint, acrylic on wood, yarn
2nd & 3rd photo: The Flip Side, 2019, latex paint, yarn, nails
4th photo: Countdown – 10, 2017, woodcut print
5th photo: Emanate, 2017, gouache and colored pencil on panel