‘Amber’s work reveals a poetic transformation of experience. Emotions, feelings and materials have fused in a lyrical abstraction where we move through a field of inventive mark-making, carried by a playful disposition of varied form, colour and line.’ *
Wallis completed a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Photomedia at the Canberra School of Art, ACT and participated in an exchange program with Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Canada in 2002. She completed her Master of Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 2008 and was the winner of the tenth Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2008. During her scholarship she worked from studios at ISCP, New York, Redbird Studios, Montreal and completed a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Wallis was also resident artist at the Canberra School of Art in 2009.
Solo exhibitions include Flipping the Slip, Gallery 9, Sydney, 2013; New Paintings, Utopian Slumps at Melbourne Art Fair, 2012; Dark Gully/Sex Drawings, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2011; Mountains full of sky/salty lines, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane, 2011; I Fuck Mountains, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2010; Dark Gully/Psychic War, Chalk Horse, Sydney, 2010; and Circle of Eagles, Utopian Slumps, Collingwood, 2009. Selected group exhibitions include The Feminine Optic, curated by Andrew Frost, Tamworth Regional Gallery, 2013; Need to seem to glimpse, C3, Melbourne, 2011; Worm Mountain, C3, Melbourne, 2010; Territorial Pissings, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2010;The Shilo Project, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2009; Chalk Reindeer, Chalk Horse, Sydney, 2009; South, Monster Children Gallery, Sydney, 2009; Brett Whiteley Travelling Arts Scholarship, Brett Whiteley Studio AGNSW, Sydney, 2008; Thank God We Died Together, TCB art inc., Melbourne, 2008; Autumn 2008, Moving Galleries, Melbourne, 2008; Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 2008; and Swans and Ammo, with Lizzie Hall, Utopian Slumps, Collingwood, 2007. Wallis’ works have featured in numerous exhibitions and publications in Australia, Canada and the USA. Her work is held in the Artbank and Arthur Roe Collections as well as various private collections in Australia and internationally. She currently lives and works in Byron Bay, NSW.
* Nicholas Harding, September 2008