Amber Drew Sparrey is a photographer and filmmaker based in West Midlands, UK who graduated from the University of Worcester with a First Class undergraduate degree in Fine Art. Her practice explores fabricated femininity, gender and identity in the digital age. She does this through the construction of her alter ego, ‘Ambie Drew’ whose sole existence is to achieve feminine perfection in a synthetic reality. She manipulates herself through the use of beauty tools and products to play on an amplified, kitsch and stereotypical femininity.
Her work questions how we present ourselves as women through societies feminine ideals and analyses the consumption of beauty through an objectifying female gaze. Using beauty products and objects to capture the visceral and grotesque nature of feminine rituals. Creating a series of short films presented as large, multi-screen installations, her artwork critiques ideals of feminine beauty and legitimizes the female perspective in the digital age.
2018, BA (Hons) Fine Art, First Class Degree, University of Worcester
2014, Level Three Extended Diploma in Art and Design, Triple Distinction*, Worcester College of Technology
2019, Eternal Beauty, Internal Hate’, Group Exhibition, Black Hole Club, Birmingham, UK
2019, ‘Eternal Beauty, Internal Hate’, Group Exhibition, UK Young Artists City Takeover, Nottingham, UK
2018, ‘Eternal Beauty, Internal Hate’, Solo Exhibition, Art House, Worcester, UK
2018, ‘Eternal Beauty, Internal Hate’, Degree Show 2018, Group Exhibition, The Garage Studios, Worcester, UK
2018, ‘Eternal Beauty, Internal Hate’, Solo Exhibition, The Garage Studios, Worcester, UK
2017, ‘EXPOSE’, Group Exhibition, Warehouse at University of Worcester, Worcester, UK
2014, ‘Ambie Drew’, 2014, Group Exhibition, Worcester College of Technology, Worcester, UK
2018, The Boffy Award for ‘Best Student in an Arts Subject’
2018, The ACS Studio Prize