Artist Statement: “Children Love Me”
My final piece is a negative representation of Donald Trump. The message is conveyed to the audience through expression and emotion. Trumps smug expression surrounded by a crowd of young children looking quite terrified, promotes uneasy feelings of Trump being a man of power and influence. I have created this idea through presenting his relationship with children.
The imagery is drawn straight on to paper and collaged on to a piece of board. Trump is drawn in bold felt colours, to contrast with the black and white fine-liner drawings of the children. I used a drawing technique of repeated sketchy lines, to build the shadow and tone of the children’s faces. The difference between the medias helps to portray the idea of power through the bold colours that create Trump. The collage technique helps form a sense of depth, making the crowd of children seem never-ending. By adding a real American flag into the collage a sense of realness is provided. It is also another way to present Trump as powerful; he is positioned at the front of the crowd as leader. I used a coping saw to get rid of the negative space between imagery on the board, revealing the flag behind. Some of the spaces were too small to saw, so I used a drill to make the hole followed by filing and sanding the edges to shape.
Current affairs in media has had the most influence on my work- Trump becoming the new President of America, and the way the media has presented him. I came across lots of footage showing Trump bringing children on stage, as a way to win the public over. The videos seemed very fake and insincere. This edged me to use children and their expressions in my work as a way to reveal the truth. People say you can tell a lot about a person from the way the children judge them. In my work, the children are judging him negatively. Not only do I want to reveal unfavourable feelings towards Trump but I also want to present him worryingly, as a man of great influence towards America’s children.
Artist’s Roy Lichenstein and Martha Rosler also had an impact on my work. I found it interesting how Lichtenstein portrays emotion through comic strip style imagery. Sad emotions can still be read, despite his comical style and technique. I used a similar style to create the drawing of Trump whilst keeping the other drawings in black and white to show the contrast. Martha Rosler presents world affairs in a very surreal way. Rosler’s influence initially led me to base my work on current affairs; so that, my work is also relatable and the viewer cannot help but have thoughts and opinions on the subject.
The presentation/exhibition of my piece is very simple. To avoid taking away any attention I have attached it to the wall infant of the American flag. I am happy with the overall effect of my work but to further develop it I would increase the scale, adding to the crowd of children for a more overwhelming impression.
Playing with the layout of the 3 contrasting subjects surrounding my idea. I want to find the combination which best portrays the message/worry of Trump’s success having negative effects on Americas younger generation. The bad reactions from the public about the election is presented through the children’s expressions.
The children need to be situated behind Trump showing he is leading. Noticing that large shoulders are a sign of power, the contrast of Trumps’ against the childrens’ shoulders being hidden helps to reinforce the fact that Trump has the power. The images where the children are sketched harshly in black and white also contrast with Trumps colourful stance of power.
Selection of racist and sexist quotes from Donald Trump to incorporate into Art work, possibly as back ground:
- “They’re not coming to this country if I’m president. And if Obama has brought some to this country they are leaving, they’re going, they’re gone.”
- “I actually don’t have a bad hairline.”
- “People love me. And you know what, I have been very successful. Everybody loves me”
- “Do you mind if i sit back a little? Because your breath is very bad.”
- “Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you.”
- “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”
- “I have a great relationship with the Mexicans.”
- “I will build a great great wall in our southern border and I will make Mexico pay for that wall.”
- “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud.”
- “You know, it really doesn’t matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass. But she’s got to be young and beautiful.”
- “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
This slightly more pop-art drawing technique creates a more harsh/sinister image than the previous style; I think the more subtle portrayal of emotion work better.
Current affairs have encouraged me to develop my work into something very relatable. Introducing Trumps success as a topic to link with children and emotions seems more powerful through contrasting.
Using a member of the government will also help to show my ongoing idea from our group project about how society is always under some sort of control.
Focusing on the subject of children. My drawings of children expressing their emotions portray an uneasy feeling mixed with humour- it is hard to distinguish what you should be feeling while viewing the drawings of children in distress. I am exploring how different media and drawing techniques effects the overall feeling portrayed.