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Portfolio of
 Robert Cantor 

Mill Valley, California
United States

Media Type(s):
    Sculpture

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Galleries in Portfolio:

Anatomy of Melancholy
Contemporary Sculpture
Figurative Sculpture
Portraits and Busts
Portraits of Trump Trauma
Secret Obsessions
The Human Comedy
The Transported
Theme and Variation Series

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Portraits of Trump Trauma


         

Trump Trauma #8


First, a vulgar lying yam became president. Then, like so many others, I watched in horror as, day after day, this raging, narcissistic, truly unstable man-child and his wrecking crew did their destructive work. As I often do in times of stress, I took refuge in my studio in the hopes of finding some distraction and relief. Sitting there, I began to comfort myself by trying to make a series of kindly old faces; a sort of “salt of the earth” type of reassuring presence. But it didn’t work the way I had hoped. What happened instead was the emergence of a series of cracked, conflicted forms. Some even had the jungle creeping in to reclaim the civilized aspects of the human face. My underlying despair and outrage was clearly pushing through and into the clay figures.

Once it became clear to me that I was making a “Trump Edition” of some kind of “ PTSD” imagery, I gave myself over to the creative task and began enjoying the process, even finding it psychologically helpful. Many of these forms are dark and despairing, some are lighter and more playful, but all are a response to the traumatic disorientation of the election and what is happening in our country.

So here are ten of the "Portraits of Trump Trauma".



 
   


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