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Margaret Archambault

I've been an active contemporary painter for nearly 30 years, with work in private collections across the country. For the past 11 years of my life I've been dedicated to continuing the growth of my own work but also as an independent artist Curator, Gallery Director, Events coordinator for Tim Faulkner Gallery in Louisville. As an artist, I consider my paintings to be both reflective and investigative. Each piece I complete represents a series of problems that I have intentionally created, both figuratively & literally, that desperately need a solution. A completed piece represents the solution itself. No mark too complicated to resolve and no composition too difficult to balance. I have completed 100's of paintings, drawings & collages over the past 30 years. My love of line, palette, texture and complex composition fuels my need to develop understandings of the human condition and our individual roles within the surrounding world. Solving the problem of these intentional complexities is where my compositions come to fruition. My use of collage to represent and explore the affect mainstream media on our choices is often a common theme. 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. The grass is NEVER actually greener than our own patch, regardless of how fresh, green and pleasing another appears. One recent body of work investigated and recorded the cyclical nature of my own life from the mediocre and mundane to the exhilarating and brilliant. This commonality shared by us all exemplifies how we are shaped and created by the good, the bad, the happy and the sad, each moment is a point in a repeated cycle of discovery. Regardless of our desires and often in direct defiance of our “plans” the revolutions of time and the changes that come with it lead us to the revelations that alter our paths. 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. Ultimately, my work is focused on the investigation of the limitations that take place during the 100 years that we as humans measure our lives and how we spend that limited period of time.