SEATTLE MAGAZINE 2011 SPOTLIGHT AWARD: TROY GUA - Profile by Bond Huberman

BIO
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington. More to come.

STATEMENT
Data: I prolifically and consistently produce pop-infused conceptual work in a wide range of media, marrying commerciality to contemporary with a glossy design aesthetic and a keen wit. My subject matter addresses contemporary culture and the ways in which media, iconography, identity, cultural self-critique, and the universal human need for recognition play parts within it.

For me: I'm alternately fascinated with and repelled by our contemporary culture. That ambiguity is reflected in the work I make. Is it exalting or condemning its subject matter? That's what I'm working through, and wondering if it's possible and/or ok for it to do both simultaneously.

For you: Art serves as my offspring, my avatar, my vehicle for connection. I want my work to make you smile - to say wow. I want you to share it, talk about it, question it, and think about it on another level. I want you to take it home with you, to live with it, and to love it. I want my art to add something positive to your life.