Both artists explore the human condition. Zellen presents humans in her work as abstracted, nameless ciphers navigating a complex and often violent world. Through her use of the New York Times, Zellen presents us to ourselves through the media, mediated in a variety of ways. Trotman’s approach is more direct, but his sculptural works address the corporate world with all of its discontents. His larger-than-life human figures are suffused with dread, melancholy, or desperation, yet they are cloaked in the uniform of the powerful. Through both artists’ works, we see the de-civilizing effects of greed, power, and privilege.