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Art & Life with Amy Archambault

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Archambault.

Amy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am an installation artist and a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery in Boston’s South End. I have been making interactive large-scale installations / interventions within and beyond gallery walls since 2011. My work investigates the state-of-play remembered from childhood, reintroducing it through the lens of a contemporary narrative to create unpredictable gestures of pretend. My constructions incorporate the material and visual languages of childhood play, athletic culture and the home improvement, renovation, and repurposing domains. Incorporating the elements of painting, fabrication, interior design, and architecture, I aim to reveal a striking connection between my process of the morphing and amalgamation of objects familiar to me, and the way that children engage in “pretend.”

In 2015 and 2017, I created notable public projects: “inMotion: Memories of Invented Play” at the Boston Center for the Arts and “Hideout” at the Boston Children’s Museum. These works transformed the local community, visitors, and the spaces that they were installed within. “Hideout” continues to influence my current work in progress. At the end of August, I will feature a new immersive installation at the Boston Sculptors Gallery; continuing to play-out the theme of habitat-making and doing so with an aesthetic influence of a glamorous contemporary design culture.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I have been making installation works since 2011. Trained in painting, I began making installations and sculptural work with an urgency to find more physicality in my work. The images and visual language that permeated my paintings were no longer important. My history as an athlete was. Today, this physicality and my manipulation of materials continues to drive my process. While athletics may not directly influence my work, my body certainly does. My relationship to materials, my knowledge of making-house and building practices now inspires my work. I create to re-create. To remember. To invent imagined space and place. A new mother, I remember now more than ever. And I see the way my son interacts with the work that I create. Curiosity. I hope that when an audience encounters my work, that they might depart from the technologically obsessed culture we live in today and recall a past or a childhood where they created imagined worlds and explored those worlds until the sun set on them. The external pressures that I encounter as a new mother, wife, daughter, friend, employee, home-maker, etc. are ultimately broken in my studio.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Authenticity, Persistence and Balance. As an educator, I am often asked by students, “How do you become an artist? How do you make it all work?” Being an artist is being disciplined to make every effort to let that part of you shine. To be curious, to engage, to research, to put yourself out there, and to simply DO WORK.

Becoming a mother while working full-time has presented so many challenges for my work. It is so important to find balance and to make time for what is important to you. Life is a journey and a career in art-making is thus. I am so grateful for all of the opportunities that have come into my life and for all of the learning experiences along the way.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I continue to exhibit my work as a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, and I am always exploring alternative exhibition opportunities beyond. My upcoming solo exhibition opens on August 29th in the South End. I look forward to sharing the work with the community and beyond!

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Image Credit:
Melissa Blackall Photography, Will Howcroft

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