When Opportunity Knocks
The Archetypes of Bolton Camp
Opportunities tend to present themselves in a variety of forms. They allow for growth and advancement through learning. Bolton Camp is filled with years of opportunity and learning. In order for Bolton Camp to authentically grow from these learning opportunities, I believe the past should inform the present to achieve a significance for the future. This art installation was a unique learning experience. These artworks strive to celebrate and preserve the impact that this place has had and continues to have on people from all walks of life.
I began this project by conducting interviews with past campers, counselors, and community members who each see an importance in protecting and nurturing this site. Through their inspiring stories, a group of archetypes emerged: Familiarity, Second Chances, Heritage, Companionship, Adolescence, and Loyalty. Each archetype is paired with a historical artifact of this site. Six original doors, recovered from various buildings around Bolton Camp are used as both artifact and artistic medium to explore these special people and their stories of place. It was through each interview experience that I paired a person and their archetype with a unique door, application and treatment of their image and story.