March 2016: Focus on Amy Archambault

  Brilliant Basics  (2015) (functional), hardwood, latex enamel paint, carpet materials, hardware, 9 x 9 x 18 inches

Brilliant Basics (2015) (functional), hardwood, latex enamel paint, carpet materials, hardware, 9 x 9 x 18 inches

Imaginate, Amy Archambault's rookie show at Boston Sculptors Gallery opens May 4th and is on view through June 5th. Since her active practice in the public art realm this past summer of 2015, Archambault has been developing an exciting new body of work. Imaginate will feature small interactive objects and large-scale works exploring the creation of play, the evolution of form, and the investigation of functionality.

  Carmel  (2016), various hardwood, latex enamel paint, mosaic backsplash, grout, 16 x 9 x 3 inches

Carmel (2016), various hardwood, latex enamel paint, mosaic backsplash, grout, 16 x 9 x 3 inches

In her most recent work, the objects, tools and gadgets we acquire as homeowners and "home-improvers' populate Archambault's visual lexicon. She has discovered a striking connection between her process of morphing and amalgamating objects, and the way children engage in "pretend".

  Match  (2016) (detail), birch plywood, carpet tiles, white-wash pickling stain, 13 x 13 x 13 inches (each)

Match (2016) (detail), birch plywood, carpet tiles, white-wash pickling stain, 13 x 13 x 13 inches (each)

"Imaginatemeans to be in the process of imagining and / or to form a mental picture of. In my current body of work, one which continuously dismantles the boundaries between studio practice and home-improvement, the term 'imaginate' becomes a stand-in for some state of in-between-- a place between thought and making, art and craft, the cross-pollination of constructing for one's home and creating objects as an artist, and the necessity to address perceived functionality, process and aesthetics."

- Amy Archambault