Yeah, judging by these paintings, artist Justine Lai doesn't want a separation of powers; she wants to be very much intertwined with the executive branch. The artist painted a series of images of herself taking the concept of "f**k the man" very literally with each of the first 18 presidents of the United States. It's hard to be certain, but the first one above looks like Ulysses S. Grant, and the second is either Martin Van Buren or Doc from the Seven Dwarfs.
She might not be the first lady, but she's the first to get in there.
Believe it or not, this wasn't all an elaborate pun on the concept of getting screwed by politicians. Her explanation for the series was to simultaneously humanize and demythologize the presidents, showing that it might be a White House, but they aren't always white sheets. She chose to depict herself having her own Liberty Bell rung by the leaders to attempt to locate something more mortal and intimate about these famous figures. Simply painting them chilling at home and eating hot dogs was too complex, it seems.
"Who's your founding daddy?"
Fortunately, the artist's aim was for the works to come across as playful and tender, rather than outright pornographic. It's a unique, intimate and compelling series as is -- nobody needs to see Bush's bush, or that big stick Teddy Roosevelt claimed to be carrying.
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