Where are you from? How long have you been making art?
I am from Colorado. Fountain more specifically. It’s a po-dunk little city just south of Colorado Springs. I have been making art for 6 years.
Where did you go to school? How has this influenced you?
I attend University of Colorado Colorado Springs. I spent my first year of college as a graphic design student at RMCAD but transferred to UCCS afterwards. I was originally focused on creating marketable, commercial art, but my transfer to UCCS has led me to practice sculpture. Seeing my professors and fellow students around me pursue their work seriously has influenced and inspired me to do the same. I saw that it was possible to pursue my art and felt if I had a profound urge to create my work, to not do so would be to ignore a part of who I am and my voice.
What artists are you looking at?
I have been looking at Kiki Smith’s work for a couple of years now and find her work very inspiring. Initially I am drawn to her aesthetics but the narrative behind her works is mysterious and fascinating. David Shrigley is another huge source of inspiration for me. There is nothing more I admire in an artist than their ability to border the line between pure apathy and intentionality in a consistent and beautiful way. I am constantly looking at all sorts of work. There is just so much out there to see and be inspired by.
Amber Cruz was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1993. Cruz works predominantly in sculpture, creating with materials such as plaster gauze and domestic textiles. She will complete a BFA with distinction at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2017. A Colorado native, Cruz enjoys spending her time doodling, eating dessert and scorning the cold weather.
Amber Cruz is an artist whose works are showcased in GOCA 1420’s Senior Visual Art Exhibition, Ways of Seeing. This is the eleventh annual Senior VAPA Majors art exhibition and runs from 21 April through 13 May 2017. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment. GOCA1420 is located at UCCS Centennial Hall at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, 80918.