Amber Lee Williams
Heavy as a Cloud
Heavy as a Cloud is a collection of phenomena that alludes to the fragility and transience of life: clouds drifting away, waves rolling in, flowers fading in the sun, a lingering fragrance, and crumbling sandcastles. Using photographic and sculptural mediums, the exhibition considers human experiences such as grief and memory mediated through everyday objects and elements of nature, to represent states of impermanence. It explores how grief can be contained within objects and photographs, but also felt in the world around us. Through ephemeral themes and materials, it asks: How is loss contained? How are we be remembered after we die? This work resides in a place of desire—a longing to hold things that cannot be held, to fix a moment that is gone, to make physical things out of the intangible.
Photography: Robert McNair
Amber Lee Williams is an interdisciplinary artist from the Niagara region. Family is at the center of her practice. Her research resides in the home: observing and photographing the daily lives of her children, as well as drawing inspiration from the possessions and photographs left behind by deceased loved ones. Bringing the past into the present, navigating the inevitable shifting of relationships, and thinking about how everyday objects can serve as prompts to remembering are important methodologies in her work. Amber not only explores the way in which we are remembered, but also all that is lost.