Artist in residence- Amber Maida

Amber Maida’s paintings are internationally collected and have been exhibited in galleries and Museums throughout the US, Canada, and in the UK. Most recently Amber’s painting, “Lit From Within” was awarded First Place and a solo show at The Mattatuck Museum’s 2016 Mixmaster juried exhibit by Juror, Elizabeth Denny, Director of the Denny Gallery (NYC). The solo exhibition, Entrances & Exits, was on exhibit August, 2016. Since 2012, Amber’s paintings have been represented by Art Cube Gallery (Laguna Beach, CA) with solo exhibitions during September/October 2014. In September 2013 Maida was one of a three-person exhibition at LA Artcore Galleries (Los Angeles, CA, Brewery Annex location) and while living in Southern California, she had an artist film created about her process and artwork by photographer/videographer, Eric Minh Swenson titled, “Broken Eggshells.” Since returning to Connecticut in 2015, Amber has also had two solo exhibitions featuring her mixed media paintings and assemblage sculptures titled, “Elemental” in May 2017, and“The Silver Lining” in April/May 2015 at Serendipity Gallery in Litchfield, CT.

My work begins with a spiritual ritual of Chi-cultivation, grounding me deeply into the earth; embodying its energy and guiding my hands like a dance, while simultaneously building the story that connects with the practices of my Native American ancestors. This symbiotic connection with my heritage charges the canvas with positive energy, preserving a storied past. Extensive travel throughout America continues to provide deep inspiration; embedding elements of nature that enrich the layered textural quality and symbolic language of my work. Gathered found objects are fused with paint becoming a visual journal, that honor my materials and my message. 

In 2010 I sustained major lung surgery, which invited a greater awareness of time, life, love and gratitude. This experience led me to create new collections of mixed media paintings and sculptures based on the intense process of healing.  This led me to Southern California to rebuild my strength while exploring the west coast. My work, using found materials from both environments on opposite sides of the country became deep and unified. For example, 150-year-old skeleton keys found under the stairwell of my Connecticut home were combined with dentalium shells from a Native American trading company in California, and palm tree remains which metaphorically blended this bi-coastal existence: each work aiming to honor fragility while building/unlocking strength.  Currently, I am enjoying life in Warren, CT.