"Even the most original modern art doesn’t have to rely on desperate questions and Geoff Troll’s work is a perfect example. Using many different techniques with subtlety and humour, he offers to the non conformist, bronze and ceramic sculptures full of humour : a woman in curlers of whom Fellini would be proud, welcomes the visitors with her simple smile."
AC Bruneval, Paris Normandie.
"Much of Geoff’s work is inspired by man’s condition and situation in the world in relation to his environment. Some of his recent work features a person called in French “L’écrasé” meaning literally “squashed”, but it is very difficult to translate the full meaning of this term from the context in which Geoff uses it.
L’écrasé is the sort of person that gets stuck in his chair, dominated by the world around him. He had probably fought for years to gain this place in his strong powerful fortress but once there, he becomes a victim of all the power around him, almost a prisoner. In fact, Geoff has built a prison around one sculpture in the form of a cage, a little dicky bird sitting cheerfully on top and a rather stupid dull looking cat : a cat to symbolise the institution, indifferent and all powerful. Guarding, but guarding what ? There is no door, all this may sound rather gloomy but in fact, these tragic situations are nearly always treated with a touch of English humour, like the clarinettist that can’t quite reach to the top of his instrument to blow down or the tennis man stuck with a ball ten times bigger than himself and a tiny racket.
His “écrasés” are a witness to the weight of the world born upon human shoulders. They are not especially beautiful, they are the form of an idea, a dimension of an emotional experience felt within a rich imagination : they are the missing links in a chain, they are a sense of humour and they live."
The News, 1990.