Sunday, December 30, 2012


It seems like making the art is the easy part compared to self-promotion and documentation.  Finally uploaded some documentation of my recent exhibitions.  I'd love to know what you think!

Brooke Hunter-Lombardi Artist’s Statement for City Art Center, Delaware, Ohio 2012

Doll houses are a place to play and perhaps to plan a domestic future.  As a child I spent countless hours shopping and planning for, decorating and playing with my Victorian themed doll house.  I slipped away into fantasy, imagining personalities and pastimes for the china dolls that lived in the space.  I often dreamt (both while sleeping and awake) about being in the spaces and about living in a past era where you needed blocks of ice and buckets of coal in your kitchen.  I fabricated family drama, never realizing how tragic and complex real family dynamics could become.  Here I want to explore the quiet spaces we inhabit where the objects themselves are full of history and the silence holds both joy and pain, evidence and mystery.

Replacing the dolls, silkworms and moths inhabit the space.  Silkworms are extinct in the wild, only able to exist under the care of humans.  They hatch from hundreds of freckle-sized eggs as tiny larvae and eat exclusively mulberry leaves, almost continually for four to five weeks.  Then they never eat again.  So many die; often slowly, appearing to suffer.  If they live to spin, they become interested in their surroundings for the first and last time in their lives.  Cocoon creation takes anywhere from a day to a week. Tucked away in their constructed safety it takes them two weeks to transform.  They secrete a fluid that makes a hole from which they escape.  They crawl out into the world as adult moths.  This life lasts ten days at the most during which their only goals are to mate and lay eggs.  Their wings are too short to allow flight.  These brief weeks are lived in captivity; a slow careful dance with many variables leading to premature death.

Using the two interrelated sets of imagery of houses and insects, I am interested in making visible spaces that resemble daydreams and invoke a sense of wonder.  This body of work explores “the other” within our subconscious as well as through careful observation of the insect world as connected to a human environment.  Layering the insects onto the human spaces and enlarging their scale, I ask them to operate as biological metaphor - addressing states of psychological relationships. The objects speak to home, both as a place for shelter and sometimes a self-imposed prison.