Trump sculp­ture on dis­play in Truro

Truro Daily News - - Obituaries - BY FRAM DINSHAW

An Amer­i­can-born artist has de­liv­ered her take on to­day’s most po­lar­iz­ing po­lit­i­cal gure – U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

“I am U.s.-born, Cana­dian by choice. at might tell you some­thing, al­though I have been here longer than Trump,” says Nancy Roberts, who was born in the Mid­west and is now based in Dart­mouth.

Roberts used a hol­lowed-out brick full of lit­tle holes to sculpt Don­ald Trump’s head. Nova Sco­tian Lantz clay fash­ioned his trade­mark blond comb-over. To give view­ers a sense of Trump’s hairstyle, Roberts used a toothed tool to en­grave comb marks in the clay.

The Trump sculp­ture is Roberts’s rst overtly po­lit­i­cal work and, “my rst pres­i­dent.”

e clos­est she pre­vi­ously came to pol­i­tics in her art­work was with a cou­ple of projects pro­mot­ing lo­cal eat­ing.

“I’m not in­ter­ested in por­tray­ing re­al­ity but stretch­ing, ex­ag­ger­at­ing and ex­tend­ing it,” said Roberts.

While her views on Don­ald Trump in­spired this cur­rent creation, she has been liv­ing in Canada since 1976, when she im­mi­grated with her fam­ily. Her two chil­dren at the time be­came Cana­dian cit­i­zens, while two oth­ers were born north of the bor­der.

e Viet­nam war had ended a year be­fore Roberts left, but her only rea­son for mov­ing was to seek a bet­ter life for her fam­ily, un­like thou­sands of Amer­i­cans who ed north to es­cape mil­i­tary ser­vice dur­ing the con ict.

Nonethe­less, when Trump won the pres­i­dency in 2016, Roberts was “just glad I wasn’t there.”

Her Trump sculp­ture is part of a show called ‘Imag­ine’ fea­tur­ing works by a range of artists. It will be on dis­play at Vis­ual Voice Fine Art at 128 King Street un­til Sept. 22.

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Sculpted clay and brick was what U.s.-born artist Nancy Roberts needed to fash­ion her take on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. Her work – com­plete with com­bover hairdo – will be on dis­play at Vis­ual Voice Fine Art in Truro.

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