Amber Ginsburg creates site-generated projects and social sculptures that insert historical scenarios into present day situations, as well as engages present day histories to imagine alternative futures. Her background in craft orients her projects toward the continuities and ruptures in material and social histories. Often working with long-term collaborators, together they engage multiple communities and elicit working relationships with experts in the fields of botany, political activism, biology, legal scholarship and activism, and science fiction. Always interested in history, more recently, she has been drawn to imagined futures. Amber teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago and shows broadly including the Thailand Biennale, The Bristol Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Craft and Design, various sidewalks, and empty lots, to name a few.
Beginning in Spring 2021, Amber Ginsburg (Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago), Sara Black (Department of Sculpture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Samantha Frost (Department of Political Science and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) engage in a two-year collaborative art project called Untidy Objects. At the center of this project is a multi-sensory living sculpture, through which the collaborators aim to capture the relationship between a living subject and its world. From its initial installation through the course of its growth and self-transformation, the living sculpture will be a site in which multiple species co-mingle and visitors come to appreciate the extensive forms of co-mingling that make their own lives possible.