351 Farmington Ave. (Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecticut)
Susy’s Room (Mark Twain House)
The Parlor (Mark Twain House)
The Stairwell (Mark Twain House)
The Library (Mark Twain House)
The Library II (Mark Twain House)
The Nursery (Mark Twain House)
The Nursery Bathroom (Mark Twain House)
The Nursery Bathroom II (Mark Twain House)
The Bedroom (Florence Griswold House, Old Lyme, Connecticut)
The Parlor (Florence Griswold House)
The Dining Room (Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England)
The Forest of Columns (Wentworth Woodhouse)
The Whistlejacket Room (Wentworth Woodhouse)
The Marble Hall (Wentworth Woodhouse)
Note on Images
All of the images above are from Adrien Broom’s ongoing project “HOLDING SPACE: the Historic Homes of Artists and Writers,” which she describes as “photographic series about the consciousness of homes owned by artists and writers.” The images are dye sublimation prints on aluminum and vary in size. (To see additional images from Adrien’s Broom’s body of work, see Writing Without Paper.)
Growing up, I was surrounded by the arts and building materials. My mother managed an art gallery, my father restored old houses, and my stepfather worked as a portrait painter. At age 10, I completed my first illustrated book, which consisted of worlds other than our own and elaborately gowned characters. As far back as I can remember, I have been drawn to visual storytelling and elements of the unknown. My fascination has never waned and continues to guide my work today.
Now I create worlds to tell the stories I need to tell. I build sets, both life-sized and in miniature, and stage narrative scenes within them. Sometimes I create entire alternative universes from scratch, combining elements of photography, painting, set design, and sometimes even film; at other times, I partner with the beautiful world that already surrounds us.
I am fascinated by the contrast between adults’ and children’s imaginations and try constantly to find a balance between the two. I create my work with my hands and love, not Photoshop.
About the Artist
Adrien Broom is a renowned contemporary fine art, commercial, and portrait photographer whose imaginative, fantastical, and complex works often allude to childhood.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Adrien Broom grew up in Lyme. She attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in computer animation and graphic design with a minor in art history. She continued her studies in the fine arts in Italy and in fine and decorative art history at Christie’s in London, England.
Motivated by her fascination with the contrast between adults’ and children’s imaginations, Adrien Broom has continued to develop as a visual storyteller. Her sometimes dreamy, sometimes haunting, and always compelling images have resulted in museum and gallery exhibitions across the globe, including such American institutions as Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut; Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut; and Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York; and, further afield, such venues as Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy; and SCOPE Art, Basel, Switzerland.
This year, Adrien Broom’s photographic work can be seen in the group show “Photo ’18“, April 18, 2018 – June 2, 2018, at Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York; and in a solo show opening in September 2018 at SACI Gallery, New York City. Beginning in 2020, her “Colorful Dream” project is to go on a five-year tour with American Arts Alliance; a book to accompany the tour is in progress.
Adrien Broom’s work has been the subject of reviews in an array of leading publications, ranging from The New York Times to Smithsonian magazine, from Huffington Post to Adobe. On January 10, 2018, Adrien Broom was interviewed by the ABC affiliate WTNH News8 in Connecticut.
Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Ronchini Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Adrien Broom Exhibition at Florence Griswold Museum (October 1, 2016 – January 29, 2017)
Adrien Broom Exhibition at Lyman Allyn Art Museum (November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017)
Adrien Broom Exhibition at Hudson River Museum (June 6, 2015 – September 27, 2015)