Fiberglass Infused Cast Stone
Portraits of Trump Trauma
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 what happened instead was the emergence of a series of cracked, conflicted forms. 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 more abstract, and some are lighter and more playful. The first two are from the old faces I began with. The next two came out in a primitive mask form. The next two seemed to embody some stylized anguished conflict. And the last three were more satirical and placed within containing windows. But each sculpture is a visceral response to the actual experience of outrage and traumatic disorientation following the election.
There are nine pieces from the “Portraits of Trump Trauma” series. Each sculpture comes in an edition of 10 cast identical figures and each is made of fiberglass infused cast stone with a steel base
Art and sculpture have been a life long passion for Robert Cantor. He has studied with Alan Kaprow (Rutgers University), Mogens Moller (Royal College of Copenhagen), Jesus Mendes (Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende), and Jack Kreutzer (Loveland, Colorado). He has enjoyed continuous representation in art galleries in California. His prize-winning work has been collected throughout the United States; featured in the 2005 spring issue of “Direct Art Magazine”, and awarded a coveted place in 2006’s “Best Artists of California”. Bob Cantor has been a clinical psychologist in San Francisco since 1973. He was an Associate Professor at UCSF and has been in private practice for over thirty years. He has also published two books: “And A Time To Live” (1980, Harper and Row, nominated and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) and a novel, “Of Struggle and Flight” (1990, Little Viking).