This is a WIP for the 2017 PIAF exhibition entitled Trophy. I've called it: Make America Great. It's my first 'serious' work in the new 'visual satire' genre I have decided to indulge in. I know it won't change the world, but it might make me feel better about it.
The bottom image is the reference I am using for the background. I searched Google-Earth for New York and found this - somewhere in the Bronx. It's a deliberate choice - suitably depressing and not far from the glitzy New York we are used to seeing. The method I am using is a combination of digital drawing, manipulation and collage. In this case I have drawn the beast and the woman from scratch in Photoshop. I have cropped, manipulated, collaged and painted into the Google-Earth photo background and eventually it should all come together as one illustration.
There are several ironies here of course, because many New Yorkers are horrified by the election of Trump. (Have you spotted the sign I placed high up the wall?) I follow a Japanese-born New York illustrator on Facebook and she keeps me informed.
The woman is Miss America (maybe that will end up being the title) and she will eventually be wearing clothes and brandishing the very tacky Miss America staff and tiara - along with a selection of severed heads hanging off the beast. She is me (though I don't look like that of course), the chthonic feminine - the raging Goddess in all her anger, bearing down on the men-in-blue-suits whose ideologies and actions have destroyed the planet. The primal force of the beast has been unleashed and is under her control - because as well as being a cultural cliche - she symbolises Mother Earth. I'm using the 'union of opposites', the 'both-and' model rather than the 'either-or'. I have no problem with paradox - the seeming contradiction between a lightweight, shallow beauty queen and the Mother-Goddess. I love paradox because it represents the truth.
There's a lot more work to do here so here's hoping I can pull it off.