the intelligence of things


Chaney Trotter, Sinews, 2011, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

As a painter and installation artist, my work explores the process of dissecting, amalgamating, and choreographing organic elements into totems that are iconographic in nature. I am interested in the cohabitation of myth and science, and the inherent character-building properties embedded within storytelling that shape one’s perception of the happenings of the world. My work consists of both human and inanimate subjects, interwoven in elaborate displays that create ‘contemporary mythologies.’ By utilizing stories from the past as a platform for intricate narratives, my paintings and installations construct methodologies through a myriad of iconographies, symbols, and characters caught between ideologies. These subjects absorb their own physicality as ephemeral beings, yet challenge the idea of humanity as the center of the universe. This process reconstructs the mythologies surrounding our existence, allowing alternate perspectives toward the way in which we come to form truths about ourselves, our companions, and our experiences within the known and unknown world.

Chaney Trotter, Transplant, 2011, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

Chaney Trotter, Endogenous Dwelling, 2012, grass sod, galvanized netting, zip ties, flood lights, 10 x 12 x 8 feet

Chaney Trotter, Endogenous Dwelling, Detail (external view)

Chaney Trotter, Endogenous Dwelling, Detail (internal view after 8 days)

Chaney Trotter, They Came From A Place Unseen Yet Well Known, 2012, oil on canvas, 96 x 48 inches

Chaney Trotter, The Pack Wails As One, 2012, oil pastel on wall, 8 x 10 feet

Chaney Trotter, Infinity Path, 2012, grass sod, wood panels, fluorescent lights, mirrors, 5 x 5 x 8 feet

Chaney Trotter is an artist (b. Dallas 1986) who works primarily in oil painting and installation. Chaney received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and her Post-Baccalaureate degree from Maryland Institute College of Art. She is currently a candidate for her Masters Degree from Parsons The New School for Design and works as a full-time artist in New York. Her work interweaves the realms of science and mythology, using human, animal, and inanimate subjects to construct intricate narratives that correspond to conflicting ideologies. She was recently published in What Weekly Magazine, The 21 Dreamers, The Lazy Susan Bi-Monthly, Artist Portfolio Magazine, International Art Search, and Los Angeles Means. Additionally she received awards including Founder’s Choice from Infinity Art Gallery and placed in the final selection of finalists in the International Art Search. She has exhibited work across the United States, primarily in California, Baltimore, Texas, and New York City, where she currently lives and works full time.