Amber Robles-Gordon, is a mixed media visual artist. She primarily works and is known for her use of found objects and textile to create assemblages, large-scale sculptures, installations and public artwork. Her work is representational of her experiences and the paradoxes within the female experience.
Robles-Gordon has over fifteen years of exhibiting, art education, and exhibition coordinating experience. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts from Howard University in November 2011, where she has received annual awards and accolades for her artwork. Since, her exhibitions and artwork has been reviewed and/or featured in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Washington Informer, Examiner, WAMU American University Radio, WPFW 89.3, MSNBC the grio, Hyperallergeric, Ebony.com, the Miami Herald, Huffington Post, Bmore Art Magazine, and Callaloo Art & Culture in the African Diaspora.
She has exhibited nationally and in Germany, Italy, Malaysia, London, and Spain. In 2010, Robles-Gordon was granted apprenticeship to create a public art installation with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, D.C. Creates Public Arts Program. Robles-Gordon was also commissioned to create temporary and permanent public art installations for numerous art fairs and agencies such as the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DCCAH, Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA), Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., Howard University, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Washington Projects for the Arts, Martha’s Table and Democracy.
Throughout her career, she serves as an advocate for the Washington, DC area arts community. As of November 2004 through July 2012, Robles-Gordon has been an active member of the Black Artists DC, (BADC) serving as exhibitions coordinator, Vice President and President. Robles-Gordon is also the Co-Founder of Delusions of Grandeur Artist Collective. In 2012, Robles-Gordon was selected to present for the Under the Influence competition as part of the 30 Americans Exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Additionally, she has been commissioned by the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, Luther College, WETA Television, WPFW 89.3fm, WAMU | American University Radio, Al Jazeera, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Howard University, David C. Driskell Center, the Phillips Collection, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Mc Daniel College Salisbury University, Harvey B. Gantt Center, Phillips Collection, American University, National Museum of African American History and Cultureto teach workshops, give commentary, and or present about her artwork. In 2016, Robles-Gordon was selected for the Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano, Back the Roots, Teaching Residency in Limon, Costa Rica. In 2017, she participated in a teaching residency with Washington Projects for the Arts and DC Public Schools.
In January 2019, Robles-Gordon will be participating in an Artist/Scholar residency at the American Academy in Rome. In 2020, Robles-Gordon will be featured in solo exhibitions at American University, Katzen Art Center and at La Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Antonio, Puerto Rico.
My artwork is a visual representation of my hybridism: a fusion of my gender, ethnicity, cultural, and social experiences. I impose colors, imagery, and materials that evoke femininity and tranquility with the intent of transcending or balancing a specific form. I associate working with light, color, and energy as a positive means to focus on the healing power found in the creative process and within us all. It is my belief that colors have both feminine and masculine energies and each color represents a specific aspect of nature.
I desire my artwork to embody my spiritual connection to color and project a sense of energy to positively affect others. Merging colored feminine objects and masculine forms visually fuses the various materials and energies. Through the use of found objects I seek to symbolically articulate the need to recycle energy and power inherent to discarded materials. The intention is to examine the parallels between how humanity perceives its greatest resources, men, and women versus how we treat our possessions and environment.