Sticking It To The Man: A Cultural Response

By Abigail Gilson 

There is a reinvigorated cultural response to the current political dysfunction on the rise. Artists from around the world have mobilised together to troll Trump by creating controversial protest paintings, sculptures, and murals- and they’re holding nothing back. There is no limit of political satire nor hues of orange in these depictions of the U.S president however their outright messages have provoked censorship across social media sites (so much for free speech, eh) and even the administration has threatened particular artists with litigation. Alas, all is not lost with this dose of cultural reassurance: here are five distorted versions of D.T that are sure to make protest-art great again.  

Emotional Downloads by James Ostrer


(Donald Trump), ED 213M

This grotesque rendition of Donald Trump is not for the soft-stomached as it is curated completely from raw meat, fish, chewed up pieces of croissant and drizzled in crude oil. James Ostrer replaces the facial features by using a pig’s snout in place for a nose and sheep’s eyes, all engulfed in a suit. Here James challenges Trump’s lack of disregard for the rest of the world and for humanity as a ‘self proclaimed success story of delusion’, furthermore he is protesting Trump’s empty promises to the public alongside the false power of celebrities. This piece is part of his latest exhibit ‘Ego Systems’ and shares the stage with several other celebrity edible arrangements.

Baby Dick by Illma Gore

Courtesy of Illma Gore

The size of Trump’s hands is an ongoing sexist jeer which has prompted a defense of his ‘manhood’. Feminist artist Illma Gore exploits this insecurity with an artwork named Baby Dick– which says it all in the name. She questions the role of power and gender by showing the ‘most powerful man on earth’ to have an inch of a penis. The protest painting has gone viral on social media leading to Facebook banning her completely. The artistic attack on his privates- or lack of-  has stirred up Trump supporters to physically abuse Illma and for Trump himself to threaten her with litigation if the ‘nude’ is not removed. In response she has uploaded the painting for free downloading on her website in the name of artistic freedom.

Urinal art by William Duke & Brandon Griffin

(Flickr; Seth Anderson)

The celebrity billionaire has blessed us with his jaw-dropping ideologies and derogatory slurs so what a better way to clean out that potty mouth than with your own golden shower. Two Californian artists, William Duke & Brandon Griffin,  took it upon themselves to really take the piss by Photoshopping Trump’s face upon a photo of urinals in Belushi’s Bar, Paris. The edited photo has since gone viral attracting laughs from all around. Good work lads.

Private collection- Alison Jackson

Image from PRIVATE; Alison Jackson 

A controversial photographic series has been released of Donald Trump acting as a member of the KKK and of him having sex with Miss Mexico. The satirical series is making people do a double-take; albeit as believable as these scenes look, it must be revealed that the scandalous shots have been tactfully staged by a designated Trump lookalike and captured by photographer Alison Jackson. The depicted secret life of the billionaire is at the center of Alison’s newest book Private which she has had to self-publish due to publisher rejections of her bold material. Despite being warned by her lawyers of potential run-in’s with the law – in the name of democracy –  the photographer refuses to be censored and controlled by the establishment.

Trump Trolls- Chuck Williams

(Chuck Williams)

It is refreshing to see that the internet is being used for its designated purpose of spreading orange-faced memes across news feeds. Online Trump trolling has been something to laugh about since the campaign began but one man has taken it to the next level. Toy maker Chuck Williams has channelled his inner angst into miniature sculptures of actual Trump Trolls. Through the crowdfunding website, KickStarter, Chuck has raised over $300,000 to go towards the mass manufacturing of what he dubbed: ‘The World’s Greatest Troll’. If you would like to support Chuck’s entrepreneurial pursuit in scaring kids with these stocking-fillers, you can donate here:


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