Two years ago, Virgin Islands Property and Yacht magazine interviewed famous local artist Joseph Hodge, unveiling his artistic finesse and wealth of experience to our readers. It is of little surprise that his bloodline has conceived more talented individuals in cousin Amber Robles-Gordon, a mixed media sculptor and installation artist, who has recently discovered several of her relatives, including Joseph Hodge via our technological accessibility to the globe.
Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Arlington, Virginia and having lived in Washington DC for the last 17 years, the majority of her family reside in St. Thomas, Tortola, St John, and Antigua; a few months ago, she contacted VIPY, enquiring about her cousin Joseph and has since established a relationship with her family here in the BVI.
With the apple not falling far from the tree, the young artist revealed that she has led a successful career to date as an artist. Formally educated with a Masters of Fine Arts in painting from Howard University, Washington, she has won numerous awards and grants during her time studying, including a Special Projects Grant from the DC Commission in the Arts and Humanities.
Amber explained, “My artwork is a visual representation of my hybridism: a fusion of my gender, ethnicity, cultural and social experiences.”