Trenton Doyle Hancock

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Trenton Doyle Hancock
Moundmeat Shower Unit
Ink and acrylic on paper.
10 x 6 1/4 inches (25.4 x 15.9 cm)
Gift of Martina Yamin

As a young boy in Paris, Texas, Trenton Doyle Hancock invented a Black superhero called Torpedo Boy. This character, the artist's avatar, would later join the Moundverse, a complex mythological universe of Hancock's creation. The story of the half-human, half-plant Mounds, their nemeses the Vegans, and the flawed protagonist Torpedo Boy, is interleaved with the artist's childhood influences--the Bible, comic books, and action figures--and his later admiration for artists like Philip Guston, particularly Guston's cartoonish paintings of hooded Ku Klux Klan figures. "Moundmeat Shower Unit" seems to show a Mound penetrated by a V, possibly denoting the Vegans, the Mounds' mortal enemies.