Artwork by Amber Vittoria
Amber Vittoria’s work is more than simply eye-catching.
Beyond the vibrant block colours and distinct linework, are sharp observations on femininity and the portrayal of the female form. In recent times, the creations of the New York-based artist and illustrator have caught the eye of fashion and culture powerhouses such as Gucci, The New York Times, Instagram and adidas, bringing her colourful creations to large-scale murals, books and magazine covers, and more.
The figures within Vittoria’s work demand your attention—bold, shapely females with exaggerated physical features that appear to push and contort themselves against the edges of the frame. And while it’s easy to get lost in the radiant pleasures of Vittoria’s work, pointed artwork titles such as The Women You’ve Ghosted, A Catcall-Less World and The Number of Female Artists You Can Probably Name are a reminder that her works are more than just playful—they’re a commentary on the visibility of females within the art world and beyond. We caught up with Amber to give her a round of quick-fire questions, and here’s what she had to say.
What was the first thing you made that you remember being proud of?
I remember drawing a small puppy wrapped in an American flag when I was 11. I loved how the shading of the flag came out, as that made me most nervous at the time.
How did you settle on your particular style, and the mediums you mostly work with?
My aim is to make work that resonates with me in hopes it will also resonate with other women. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself in regards to ‘what looks like work I’ve made’ because if I’ve made it, it is inherently my style.
Your figures often seem to be intertwined with one another, in quite fluid, organic shapes. What is your thought process behind this?
The goal with works that contain several intertwined women is to portray the collective struggle women face in regards to the societal expectations set upon us.
Can you tell us about one of your favourite creations, and why it resonates with you so much?
My most recent favourite piece is entitled, Holding In A Fart. Its aim is to humorously speak to how women feel pressured to hide natural bodily elements and happenings from the world.
What is one of your dream projects or collaborations?
I’d love to work with Louis Vuitton one day!
Have you recently been living by any life philosophy?
It’s okay to not always be okay.
Who is responsible for some of your favourite portrayals of women within art?
My mom, she is incredible.
Three female artists we should keep an eye out for?
If you could give your teenage self a piece of advice, what would it be?
Everything will happen the way it is supposed to.
See more of Amber’s work on Instagram @amber_vittoria or on her website ambervittoria.com