Christopher Trotter, born August 1967 in Brisbane has been creating public works for local Government , Councils , Universities and Developers since 1994.
While Chris has been working with found objects over the last 20 years, He has found himself drawn to, and engaging a broad cross section of forms.
Many from industries such as farming, automotive, industrial, marine and aviation.
Certain shapes have provoked different creative responses at different points in his career.
The interaction of objects with nature, man and time, are of particular interest to Chris. ” I am inspired by water –its form, its power, and above all its ability to create new growth. In numerous current artworks, water is transposed into industrial organic forms -bending and flowing across space.
My work is a culmination of my observations, experiences and understanding of aspects of our country. I understand the materials I use, their dynamics, and the life and energy still within them. Every object has a purpose and a relationship to its new function- to create a work with life, movement, integrity and balance.”
Through the careful selection and composition of materials, Chris breathes a life and a personality into the material.
“Since 1994 I have worked primarily on public artworks. An important intention of these works was to add human qualities of humour and playfulness to public places.”
The element of recycling in Chris’s work is important to him and helps promote the concept of creative solutions to future generations.
Works are constructed from discarded materials. Different objects have come from different industries and even different periods of time. Some objects used have even dated back to the 1800`s. The works are, by their very nature, art time capsules. The chances are, some works could very well incorporate components that are relevant and identifiable to you, your job, your time.
This identifying and discovering process is important and creates an ongoing interaction between the viewer and the artwork.
Artists in the future working with found objects will never be able to create what Chris has created. Chris’s work is a reflection of the time he lives in.
Time moves on, technology changes, shapes change as functions change.
One thing remains constant – there will always be material to be recycled, its just how we choose to do it.