5' X 5' X 12' (APPROXIMATE)
CLIMBING HOLDS & HARNESS, RESISTANCE BANDS, MAPLE,
VARIOUS HARDWARE, CINDERBLOCK
On view at GRIN through January 10th
There's something to be said for resilience; the thrust of adrenaline and personal evolution that surfaces while enduring a challenge. I crave this challenge; traveling the most strenuous course merely to enhance my character and gain a sense of worth. While my actions may not amount to heroic feats, they make me feel invincible. The process and space are my own. Whether it is rigging up mixed media drawings and paintings or dominating a site three-dimensionally, my methods reflect the precision, decision-making and intuition revealed during athletic competition and childhood play. Both risk and the loss of control shift in my attempts to understand the work, the activation of each site and my physical presence within it. What are the limits of the work, the materials and my body? How can I designate and control my surroundings? Instructions and choreographed gestures compliment my mission. The unconventional attachment of materials and manipulation of the canvas in earlier work induced several measures taken in order to heighten my physical arousal. Having no previous experience with a constructive language, I welcome my role as the unconventional engineer.
Current projects emerge from a kinesthetic and perceptual response; that arising when surmounting obstructions, restoring ruins or confronting the material properties of a "found" site or object. I value the partnership between form and function; calculating the role that the viewer and myself have in the visual construction of each installation. Individual structures become appendages of unsound posture within the gallery enclosure. The sterile structures and refurbished palette translate the imagined space into an optimistic and playful adaptation of the real space. I am concerned with the limits and opportunities that are contained within the space of which I am present thus I promptly assemble with the desire to enhance its shortcomings. I am naive to the accepted methods of building a jungle gym, a fort or even exercise equipment, but still, I continue to rig up a mutation of these familiar entities. The creation, dismantling and transportation of each structure within the given space reveal a nomadic tendency with the intention to control my surroundings and mark my ownership of territory. Transformation and action ultimately yield the output of ambition, reward and optimism. Bearing witness to the act of construction, preparation, training and execution, the program and structure uncover characteristics of survival tactics. Could the flexibility and interchangeability of materials, sites and actions allow myself, and perhaps even another, to adapt and endure?
Amy Archambault received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, PA in 2011 and BA in Studio Art and Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross, MA in 2008. Archambault's large-scale installations, sculptures and inspective mixed media drawings / paintings uncover playful and unconventional activations of sites and structures that are seemingly void of human intervention. Her complex and energetic installations incorporate both the material and the visual languages of athletic culture, childhood play and the "home improvement" / constructive domain.
Recipient of the 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Grant (Sculpture / Installation), Archambault has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the Northeast. As a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery, MA, she will release a new body of work in her 2016 exhibition. Her installation, "Live-work", was recently featured in a solo exhibition at 17 Cox, Beverly, MA. In 2013, she was featured in the group exhibition of alumnae artists, "Spark", at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, MA. Prior, Archambault was featured in a solo exhibition at the Mill Gallery in Hartford, CT in 2012. Archambault was awarded the Christopher Leland Lyon Memorial Scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania and additionally featured in Pulse Magazine for its "Up & Coming Local Artists" outlook in Central Massachusetts, 2012. She is Studio Supervisor and Lecturer at the College of the Holy Cross, MA. Archambault lives and works in North Chelmsford, MA.