Amber Smith, a printmaker and ceramic artist from Nelson. Amber works from her home taking inspiration from her surroundings, enjoying forest and beach walks amongst the native birdlife. The imagery used in Amber’s prints and ceramics are an exploration of her wairoa (spirit) and what it means to come from Aotearoa.
Her pieces are all hand built, hand painted and etched using the scrafitto technique. Her prints begin as an image etched in clay, and this is photographed and digitally reproduced. Works often include whakataukī and waiata, along with their translation into English.
“I love words and nearly always use them in my work. Maori whakatauki (proverbs) and waiata aroha (songs about the nature of love) have such an emotional resonance that they become part of the image itself… I like the tall forms because they blur the line between functional and sculptural, and when grouped together they represent whanau.”