Artists spend a tragically huge amount of energy worrying about the “art world.” Instead, I believe that an artist’s personal and social responsibility is simply to mine their psyche and make stuff - resulting in mini zeitgeist capsules that act as historical records. My focus has evolved over the nearly thirty years I’ve worked in Hell’s Kitchen. Initially I concentrated on painting the homeless and re-purposing found-objects to create paintings and kinetic sculptures. and had a mid-career retrospective entitled The Discarded at the The Taylor Museum in Colorado Springs. Circumstances then led me into an inspection of the art market construct. A solo show, Fair, at (Art)Amalgamated in Chelsea, studied the mechanics of the market using the art fair paradigm as the vehicle of exploration. I then co-founded and curated a series of immersive multimedia shows called THE(UN)FAIR and the (un)SCENE that combined the spirit of a Happening with the aesthetics of a museum exhibition. The past several years have been largely devoted to avoiding the siren song of the studio in favor of my converted garage in New Jersey in order to focus family obligations – namely, portrait commissions that help support three college tuitions. With that chapter winding down, I now throw myself into this new adventure with the cell with no expectations of where it may lead…
Chaney Trotter is an oil painter and installation artist hailing from Houston, Texas. Trotter received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, her Post-Baccalaureate degree from Maryland Institute College of Art, and her Master of Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design.
Trotter’s work interweaves the realms of science and mythology by constructing immersive environments and relics that are totemic in nature. These icons blend both natural and manmade forces into single entities, utilizing stories from the past as a platform for intricate narratives about the present. Her paintings and installations construct these methodologies through a myriad of iconographies, archaic symbols, and contemporary characters caught in the flux of modern myth-making, addressing the way that belief systems rooted in logic and/or mysticism consistently shift power unto one another.
Trotter has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Artnet News, Gothamist, Artlog, Hyperallergic, What Weekly Magazine, Artist Portfolio Magazine, and others. She has exhibited work across the United States, primarily in California, Baltimore, Texas, and New York City. She currently lives in Manhattan and works out of her studio in Long Island City.
For more information please visit: www.chaneytrotter.com