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The Creative Class: Amber Vittoria

Feb 17, 2015

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Artist Amber Vittoria

MEET AMBER VITTORIA, A NEW YORK BASED ARTIST WHOSE WORK TENDS TO FOCUS ON FEMININITY AND THE FEMALE FORM.

“MY WORK IS AIRY, COLORFUL, WHIMSICAL, AND POWERFUL WITH HEAVY CONCEPTUAL ROOTS IN FEMININITY, PHYSICAL IDENTITY, AND NATURE. THIS ‘IDEAL PHYSICAL FEMALE’ IS SOMETHING MY ARTWORK AIMS TO BREAK.” – A. VITTORIA

DSTLD: Tell us a little bit about yourself – how did you get to where you are today?
Amber: I was sitting on the floor in the living room coloring in my last piece for my Studio Art class application. I was 11. The drawing was of a Golden Retriever puppy wrapped in an American flag. I was using colored pencil. It was my favorite medium before I knew the definition of the word itself. I wanted to be one of the only middle schoolers to be in all 4 of the high school classes offered to middle schoolers. They were Italian, Earth Science, Math A, and Studio Art. My mother was sitting on the couch behind me. When I was finished, I held up my piece, waiting for her approval. I tend to will an approval out of those who are asked for an opinion. Nothing has changed 15 years later, ask Dave. My mother responds with a question. Have you ever considered pursuing art as you grow older? I paused then responded. Yeah, but can you make money as an artist? Can you survive? I think I’d like to be a lawyer like Aunt Lara and Uncle Dave. They buy me nice Coach bags. My mother laugh-sighed. Amber, the best advice I can give you is to pursue what you love. If you love it with all of your heart, you will figure out how to survive. I promise you, happiness is far more important than money and Coach bags.

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“ALL NEW, VERY SEXY BRA” - Amber Vittoria

DSTLD: Who are your idols?
Amber: My mother, father & brother - they are the most incredible people I know. 

DSTLD: What is your favorite work that you have created?
Amber: Recently, my piece entitled [URGENT] has been my favorite; it’s topical to the emotions of many young Americans.

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“[URGENT]” - Amber Vittoria

DSTLD: What is the message your work sends?
Amber: My work is airy, colorful, whimsical, and powerful with heavy conceptual roots in femininity, physical identity, and nature. This ‘ideal physical female’ is something my artwork aims to break. Because of this, several of my pieces focus on femininity and the female form, leveraging physical traits such as body hair, overtly extended limbs, and rounded features.

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“FUCKING FACIAL HAIR” - Amber Vittoria

“I PROMISE YOU, HAPPINESS IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN MONEY AND COACH BAGS.” – A. VITTORIA

DSTLD: How has your work / creative process evolved over the years - is there any specific event that acted as a turning point for you?
Amber: As time has passed, I have slowly began to make work that helps me vs. work that is aimed to help others.

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“KEEP SWIMMING” - Amber Vittoria

DSTLD: When do you feel most creative / inspired / driven to create.
Amber: Right after traveling, seeing new places and people. The travel can be as short as a subway ride, or as long as a flight to Iceland. How people adapt to their surroundings and interact with each other is incredibly inspiring.

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“NUMBER” - Amber Vittoria

DSTLD: Besides your work, what are other creative outlets for you.
Amber: Although not typically categorized as creative, running has been an amazing outlet.

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“HEY BABY” - Amber Vittoria

DSTLD: Does technology play a role in your creativity?
Amber: Because my work is a healthy combination of digital and hand illustration, I feel that the union of present-day digital and handwork is important; it dates my work not only thematically but also technologically. 

DSTLD: Has creativity always come easy to you?
Amber: I don’t believe so, which is the exciting aspect.

DSTLD: What is your favorite book?
Amber: My favorite book often changes; currently it is the Mastry exhibition book by Kerry James Marshall. 

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“SUMMER SWING” - Amber Vittoria

DSTLD: Who should we cover next?
Amber: Allison Bamcat - her work brings me so much joy!


See more of Amber Vittoria on her website

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