Bradley Borthwick’s sculptural installation, Objects of Empire, evolved from his research of the Dorset marble quarry of Vermont and the ancient Roman storehouses known as horrea, found throughout southern Italy. For his first solo exhibition in New England, the artist creates hand-carved facsimiles of headstone and amphora, as well as several beeswax models cast from their likeness. While seemingly incongruent and separated by time, location, and culture, these objects become poignant symbols of the ascension and demise of their respective realms. Calling to mind notions of sustainability and impermanence, Objects of Empire thoughtfully ponders the shared cycles of civilization.
Burlington City Arts is supported in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.