Burlington City Arts

Amber Kempthorn

Amber Kempthorn is an artist and self-described storyteller and bibliophile. Kempthorn's drawings and collages often combine drawings from ink and pastel with cut paper elements, which are collected from the interiors of security envelopes, parts of books and other paper remnants. A prominent influence in Kempthorn's work is the Japanese art of Ukiyo-e (literally, "pictures of the floating world"). Ukiyo-e was used to describe a seedy underworld of gambling and geishas, I appreciate the term in a more literal translation and have used it to build a place for my narratives that actually floats about our real and actual experiences and reflects the evanescent nature of our stories.