Margaret Archambault Abstract Expressionist Painter & Collage Artist

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Photo Credit: Marty Pearl

 

Artist Statement

 

If you’re lucky, you get around 100 years to live (give or take). Sounds like a lot on the surface, but it’s not really. How we devote our limited time in this digital age is a primary focus of my work. With a deep affection for mark making and complex composition, alongside my desire to express meaning (even to the seemingly meaningless) my act of creating ‘something’ from the nothing is always a driving force to clarify the chaos of the world around us. My paintings are all grounded in an infinite exploration of the issues reflecting the human condition and our individual roles within living our best life. Our experiences and the experience of them, regardless of manifestation, share a commonality. We are all faced with the problems of living and my work as an artist is always about solving these problems. As a culture here in the States we have been subliminally trained to judge, to categorize, and to desire the unobtainable. This training creates an insatiable desire to obtain more or better than what we have or in the case of Social Media display our belief systems through argument. Within this unnatural desire, we continually find dissatisfaction. We perpetuate our own misery. I spend a great deal of time attempting to reveal the fallacy of our misguided convictions and to point out that dissatisfaction is only an illusion.

My paintings remind the viewer that the 36,500 days that they might be gifted with experiencing are wasted when focused on outward demands and expectations. Every piece I create generally resides in one of three categories. Direct Experience: or what I call “Depictive Abstraction” and is directly related to my own personal experiences and how they are universal. Straight Expressionism: which for me is an organic, spiritual outpouring of my personal responses to the problems and joys of life-living. And finally Historical Collage Paintings: which focuses on both the record of influence from main stream culture over time as well as authentic antique documented experiences of the past and why they are still relevant and a valuable tool to gain knowledge of ourselves. Within these areas I encourage a natural, inward reflection from the viewer and ask them to consider, at least a little, to separate from things like senseless conflicts on Social Media where their presence only creates clicks for Madison Ave. and pulls them away from joy and keeps them distracted with “problems”.

I’ve been tackling these types of issues with Art for more than 30 years. My materials range from Oil paint, Oil crayons, Spray Paint, Ink, Colored Pencil, Acrylic and Authentic Vintage/Antique paper. My surfaces are nearly always canvas, but works on paper and silk screen panels as well. The power of what we see and how it alters our ability to find what we consider “happiness” is something I find challenging and worth exploration. From the mediocre and mundane to the exhilarating and brilliant, we are shaped and created by the good, the bad, the happy and the sad, each moment a point in a repeated cycle of discovery. More often than not, we make decisions based on what we think is expected of us or what someone else wants us to do. These decisions often lead to destinations we never expected and only after we have arrived do we recognize the folly. But I believe great things come from strong individuals who live each day being the best version of themselves. We would do well to remember that if we make it to 100, we only have 36,500 to LOVE and it’s easy to simply NOT be a jerk.

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Select Group Shows

2020 Louisville Arts Network, Virtual Art Show Micro-Commission Participant

2019 Alley Gallery Artist, Downtown Louisville Partnership, KY.

2019 The Core Group Show, Tim Faulkner Gallery, Louisville, KY.

2018 Opus No.5, Tim Faulkner Gallery, Louisville, KY.

2018 Alley Gallery Artist, Downtown Louisville Partnership, KY.

2015 Art Squared, Louisville Visual Arts Association, Louisville, KY.

2014 Summer Group Show, Tim Faulkner Gallery, Louisville, KY.

2014 Art Squared, Louisville Visual Arts Association, Louisville, KY.

2012 Art of Dreams, FAF Gallery, Louisville, KY.

2009 First Friday Trolley HOP, Artist Booth, River Bend Winery, Louisville, KY.

2009 NULU Festival Artist booth, Louisville, KY.

2009 Collection, River Bend Winery, Louisville, KY.

2009 Art Cartel Live, Featured Live Painter, Ice House, Louisville, KY.

2008 First Friday Trolley HOP, Featured Artist, Joe Leys, Louisville, Ky.

2007 All Together Now, Collage & Oils, Huff Gallery Spalding University, Louisville, KY.

2004-2007 New Paintings Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 In Tens; A Single Century to Live, Tim Faulkner Gallery, Portland KY.

2016 The Silk Screen Series, Tim Faulkner Gallery, Portland KY.

2015 Revolutions v/s Revelations, Tim Faulkner Gallery, Portland, KY.

2013 Impressions on Influence, Tim Faulkner Gallery Butchertown, KY.

2011 Infinitesimal Convergence, Tim Faulkner Gallery, Louisville, KY.

2010 Small Works & New Paintings, 3rd Street Coffee, Louisville, KY.

1998 Abstractions, Anonymous Artists Gallery, Louisville, KY.

Awards/Recognition

2012-Current Resident Artist at Tim Faulkner Gallery & Studios

2014 Keynote Speaker; Liberal Arts Program Graduation, Spalding University

2007 Louise Kannapel Award Recipient for excellence in Arts & Humanities.

2007 1st Recipient “Senior Project” Winner - Faculty Awarded

2006 Painting chosen for permanent collection Spalding University

 

Community

Current – 2010 LOOK Louisville Arts Member

Current - 2019 Galt House AIR (Artist In Residence) Program Selection Committee member 

2017 & 2016 – Art & Essay Judge for Gilda’s Club Louisville

2016 – Neighborhood House Art Project / Fundraiser Leader

2012 – Art of Dreams Fundraiser program organizer & participant (PNC Bank collection)

2008  & 2007 – Committee Chair for Children’s Art portion of The Taste of St. Francis. Single-handedley developed and

implemented a school wide (K-8) art project for annual fundraisers. Generating nearly $10,000 from the sale of the children’s art pieces!

2004 – Art Camp Coordinator St. Francis of Assisi Summer Art Camp

 

Education

2004-2007 BA Interdisciplinary Humanities w/Art Focus/ Summa cum Laude Spalding University

2003-2004 Jefferson Community College Education/Arts Major

2001-2002 Long Ridge Writers Group Graduate

1997 Jefferson Community College Art Major

Awards/Recognition

2020 Artist Relief Project Grant Recipient

2020 Lift Up Lou Micro-Commission Grant Recipient 

2014 Keynote Speaker; Liberal Arts Program Graduation, Spalding University

2007 Louise Kannapel Award Recipient for excellence in Arts & Humanities.

2007 Senior Project Winner - Faculty Awarded 

2006 Painting chosen for permanent collection Spalding University

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One of 2 of my

"Alley Gallery" Doors

Public Art 

Downtown Louisville 

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