An American-born artist has delivered her take on today’s most polarizing political figure – U.S. President Donald Trump.
“I am U.S.-born, Canadian by choice. That 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.
Trump's head is fashioned from Nova Scotian Lantz clay bricks, fused together while still wet and carvable. Roberts hollowed out the block of four bricks and added more holes to the ones already in the brick. She described the president's trademark yellow comb-over hairdo as “underlaid with white clay.”
The Trump sculpture is Roberts’s first overtly political work and, “my first president.”
The 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.
The 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 fled north to escape military service during the conflict.
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.