We had the good fortune of connecting with Trevor O’Tool and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trevor, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
As a public artist, it is the creation of site-specific artwork for each project that I find the most compelling. My focus lies on accurately harboring the message sought by each committee and translating that into art. My high level of empathy has been most useful in really grasping both the macro and micro artistic elements of the message that individual groups wish to transmit. I am a firm believer that art is a community need. In the same way that people need smooth roads, public art is needed to enhance the daily lives of people by enriching their environment. Each of my completed projects has served to further my goal of improving my artwork, enriching the field that I love, and pushing the boundaries of my abilities. Most importantly, however, it has allowed me to communicate, through my art, in a manner that seeks understanding.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art is communication, although a misunderstood form, at times. I am very interested in the act of communication and the confusion that sometimes occurs because of the varied perspectives, backgrounds, and expectations of people. As a result, a central, consistent goal of my work is to effectively communicate to a wide swath of viewers. I am especially interested in artistic expression that adds clarification through the use of analogy and localized humor.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without the help and support from my family and friends.
Trevor O’Tool Kelsey Murphy