Amberlie Perkin is an interdisciplinary artist and art educator. Drawn to the interplay of grief and ecology, her diverse art practice explores wounded ecologies in relation to both the human body and our non-human kin in this time of environmental degradation and accelerated extinctions. Perkin’s artwork examines how curious and embodied engagement with the natural environment canprovide a visual and material vernacular to articulate the complex and often abstract emotionsof grieving. Her prints and sculptures borrow language and processes from nature- tracing thelines of time, layering, cocooning, nest building, and shedding. Perkin’s creative process enacts the materiality of mourning and metamorphosis, while exploring the regenerative potential of death to animate new growth in the natural world and our lives. Perkin’s installations are an invitation to make metaphoric connections to nature, to feel, to remember, and to commune with ghosts.
Education & Experience
Amberlie Perkin holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art & Design (2010), a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University (2011), and a Master of Visual Arts Degree from Emily Carr University of Art & Design (2020). In 2020, she founded Studio One One Six, a multi-artist studio space in Vancouver BC. She has exhibited both locally and internationally.
Teaching & Workshops
Amberlie has a passion to reach and teach people through the arts, promoting empathy through creativity.
She has been a presenter at several Canadian Art & Design conferences, led workshops exploring printmaking and creative writing as a way to express grief, taugth creative workshops for children, and been been a Tedx speaker for the the TEDxemilycarru Recognize 2021 series.
Watch her Tedx Talk "The Nature of Grief" here:
Contact me for inquiries related to art, teaching, workshops, or to plan a studio visit to Studio One One Six.