About the Artist

In January 1988, Rodney Allen Trice moved to New York City to further his graphic design work and explore other areas of the arts as well. At the time, he had no idea where these pursuits would lead him – but he needed to furnish his new home in New York City, on a budget, and his creative interpretation and re-imagination of found objects planted the seeds of his growing body of work and creations.

About 5 years after he began his exploration of found materials, T.O.M.T.™ was formed as his own arena to create within. T.O.M.T.™ has been growing ever since, garnering domestic and international press and a steady following along the way.

Every time he is interviewed for a story, it prompts him to consider his endeavor and why exactly he does it. Ultimately, his work is about ordinary objects – and people, and places — that really aren’t so ordinary when you look at them the right way. His embrace-and-celebrate attitude is in part a reaction to his own fear of ordinariness as a youth (“a fate worse than death”). Now he’s learned to celebrate it. Celebrate the beauty of the ordinary things we have all around us that defines and speaks volumes about who we are and how we engage the world around us.

“In the ‘fabulous, kiss, kiss, darling, love that dress ... Versace?’ world of art and design,” says Trice, “I hope my work emits a ‘get down off your high horse and sit a while’ feel.” From a focus on furniture and lighting (because he loves the way these objects define ones living space), his work has recently expanded into hats and accessories, which are more about wearable art than anything else.

His awareness of our need to conserve the Earth’s resources has grown significantly since this endeavor began in 1988. As has his concern for a future where no one will be insulated from the need to make the most of the objects around us. His subtext speaks of a post apocalyptic world where even the most affluent would have to find their own way through day to day existence.

Mad Max meets domestic bliss? Perhaps.

But each piece has its own dialog about the found objects and the new items part to play in our modern life.

“SURE, I believe we all must do our part, think beyond just separating plastic, paper, glass,” says Trice. “We must teach ourselves and learn as habit to see more than just a ‘rain shield’ in an umbrella, a ‘dust collector’ in a vacuum and a ‘shoe for our car’ in an old tire. When we do that, the Earth will become a safer place for the children of the 21st century and, from my experience, A LOT MORE FUN, TOO!” So enjoy T.O.M.T.™ - refitting the planet for today, tomorrow and all the days to come!

photo: Chris Sanders

all materials on this site ©2009 T.O.M.T.™ / Rodney Allen Trice