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Bob Trotman
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

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 create installations and "amusements" that suggest an absurdist office-like arena in which we can see, more nakedly than usual, the elaborate posturings of power, privilege, and pretense that secretly, or not so secretly, shape the world we live in. My point of view is both sympathetic and critical: those with power have much to answer for. If there were such a thing as corporate purgatory, this is what it might look like. If I had set out to parody Wachovia Bank where my father worked or the self-congratulatory Winston-Salem of the 50’s and 60’s, this is also what it might look like.

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