Some Measure of Control: New Work by Amber Peck
Virtual gallery stroll at The Monarch in Ogden, Utah.
Some Measure of Control
New Work by Amber Peck
January 21 - February 19, 2021
The Monarch (455 25th St, Ogden, UT 84401)
Amber Peck, b. 1984, is a mixed media artist with a background in photography. Raised in Kaysville, Utah, Amber was married with four children before she decided to pursue a career. At Weber State University, she attended classes part-time and developed a love for visual art. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Photography. She then moved her husband and four children to Brooklyn, New York, for two years to pursue a Master’s degree at Pratt Institute. It was a life-changing experience for their family, and for Amber’s artistic practice. She graduated during NYC’s Covid-19 lockdown and was not able to have a Thesis show. But now she has the opportunity to exhibit that work in her home state. You can view more of her work online at Amberpeck.com
I photograph my children with the closeness and affection of one who knows them and is curious about them. Within their gestures and expressions, I see my motherhood experience, my depression, my search for self. And I’m often prompted to explore further through digital or physical interventions. I sometimes cut, draw, glue, and sew into/onto the printed photograph. Over the last year, I have been creating artist books, layered photographic objects, and investigating ink, paper, and dyes. The repetition in my imagery and processes speak to the recurring tasks, conversations, and frustrations of caring for my four children. My self-portraits express a similar unrest. Each step of creation allows me to process the complicated nature of mothering.