AboutAmber Mottram explores the notion of painting as sculptural object - constructing a visceral as well as aesthetic experience for the viewer through her skilful manipulation of depth, tactility and colour.
Working with thermoplastic screed (road paint) Mottram pulls and stretches the material to its limits, forcing it through a steel frame, to leave behind the residual image. Through this process the paint becomes a material with substance; charged with a curious energy that simultaneously encapsulates a sense of organic growth and decomposition as it drips and flows between representation and abstraction.
The coexistence of the chaotic, organic form, juxtaposed with the ordered grid-like frame is fundamental to Mottram's practice, within which she is fascinated by an exploration of the qualities of chance and random interference against intention and subjection.
For her exhibition at Chapter, Amber is showing a selection of new and previously unseen work.
Amber Mottram studied at Cardiff School of Art and Design, graduating in 2011 with a First Class honours in Fine Art. She worked as Studio Assistant to artist Sean Edwards in 2010 and undertook a residency in 2006 for Experimentica Festival at Chapter. Recent exhibitions include: âSlunks Presents', Slunks Hair Salon, Whitchurch Road, Cardiff; âSomebodys People' Kings Road Artists, The Dairy, Cardiff; âAffordable Art Fair', Hampstead, London; âRWA Autumn Show', Royal Academy of Art, Bristol (all 2011); âInner Space', Ty Oriel Coch, Cardiff (2010); âThe Hans Brinker Award,' Hans Brinker Hostel, Amsterdam, Holland (2009).