Bradley Borthwick will present a sculptural installation based on his reflective research of the Dorset marble quarry of Vermont and the ancient Roman storehouses known as horrea, found throughout southern Italy. In these pieces, the artist observes the cultural significance of manufactured objects – contrasting the simple marble forms of the ubiquitous American headstone to the classic Roman amphora. For his first solo exhibition in New England, the artist will fill the gallery with hand-carved facsimiles of headstone and amphora, as well as several beeswax models cast from their likeness. To create a fully immersive experience, Borthwick will also layer auditory elements developing a new facet to his creative practice. While seemingly incongruent and separated by time, location, and culture, headstone and amphora become poignant symbols of the ascension and demise of their respective realm. 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.