Have you ever envisioned a room–all of its contents–in only one color? Self-taught photographer and artist Adrien Broom – who has been known to have a “penchant for the bizarre and beautiful,” created eight installations to showcase scenes that each represent a different color of the rainbow. Through the eyes of a little girl, we rediscover the world of color in Broom’s multimedia endeavor, The Color Project, which is part photography, part film, and part installation.
Broom approaches photography with a cinematic eye, playing with reality and imagination through dense narratives. Inspired by books from her childhood from the likes of Maurice Sendak and Jill Barklem, her work resonates with both children and adults alike as it often explores themes of childhood vs. adulthood, loss, and anxiety of modern life. In The Color Project, she submerged herself in each colorful world to create the installations and carefully constructed each scene using props. You can even see how each room comes together through these short time-lapse videos.
The striking eight-part series depicts a world of white as seen through the eyes of a child. The little girl passes through a door into a world of red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and finally a rainbow. Together, the images tell the tale of a little girl becoming a young woman through her experiences in each colorful world. In reality, the girl was actually nine when the project first began, and she was turning eleven at its conclusion. Each color room took over a month to create and shoot with much planning through sketching, sourcing materials and then building. Surprisingly, photo editing was a minor detail in the actual creation process.
What began as a Kickstarter campaign to help partly fund her dream two years ago (the little girl starring in the project even donated $5) is now a stunning array of photos. You’ll soon be able to visit her re-envisioned rainbow world when it is on view at the Hudson River Museum during her first solo museum show called Shadows of Envy, Colors of Life from June 6 to September 26, 2015. It will be part of her contribution to a larger collaboration called the Seven Deadly Sins, which will be taking place in seven museums (with each museum showcasing a different sin) around the country in 2015.
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