Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sex With Dead Presidents

Jefferson and Justine

In Join Or Die, I paint myself having sex with the Presidents of the United States in chronological order. I am interested in humanizing and demythologizing the Presidents by addressing their public legacies and private lives. The presidency itself is a seemingly immortal and impenetrable institution; by inserting myself in its timeline, I attempt to locate something intimate and mortal. I use this intimacy to subvert authority, but it demands that I make myself vulnerable along with the Presidents. A power lies in rendering these patriarchal figures the possible object of shame, ridicule and desire, but it is a power that is constantly negotiated.--Justine Lai

Join or Die

h/t to J.J. Johnstone


  1. Very clever. Funny and well crafted. Was that Grant spanking you? I never thought of him as a spanker. Oh sure Adams, but not Grant. But that's just me.
    I can't wait to see all of them.
    Maybe after you could do the Supreme court?
    Good stuff, Dangerous and fun. And how many people can walk that line?

  2. Excellent paintings and I love the concept. I am looking forward to the rest.


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