bio and artist statement

Artist Statement

Working mostly in wood, I see my efforts in relation to the vernacular traditions of carved religious figures, ships’ figureheads, and the so-called “show figures” found outside shops in the nineteenth century. However, as a contemporary artist, I want to mobilize this tradition to satirize the elaborate posturings of power, privilege, and pretense that secretly, or not so secretly, shape the world we live in. The recent addition of motion, light, and sound intensifies the viewing experience, leading, I hope, to a rueful contemplation of the play of power and its attendant ironies.

Biography

Bob Trotman was born in Winston-Salem, NC in 1947. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Washington and Lee University and for 42 years has maintained a studio in the foothills of Western North Carolina. Self-taught in art, he has received two NEA grants and four grants from the North Carolina Arts Council. His work is in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The North Carolina Museum of Art, The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, The Mint Museum of Art, The Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design, and The Museum of Art and Design in New York among others.