Not My President hits bookshelves ~

Thoughtcrimes Press‘s anthology of resistance Not My President hits bookshelves right at the end of 2017. I wrote the shortest poem in the anthology.

Cover image of Not My President painted by Molly Crabapple
Cover image of Not My President painted by Molly Crabapple

The press kickstarted this project in order to ship a copy to every sitting Senator and Representative in Congress. Buy your copy here.

Blood On Their Hands

After the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida a collective of artists made portraits of those Senators who had repeatedly chosen to not create reasonable restrictions on gun purchases in the U.S. The Senator Portrait Project involved over 40 artists from across the US. As a Wisconsin artist, I contributed a portrait of Senator Ron Johnson, who, in 2016, had already received over 1.3 million dollars from the NRA.

Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wi
Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wi

When the opportunity for exhibition in NYC arose, they asked for a picture of the Speaker of the House. As he hails from Janesville, WI, again, I volunteered. Ryan wears his Catholicism on his sleeve to get his re-elections, yet persistently blocks reasonable regulation of handheld murder machines. He is in a position to act, yet offers thoughts and prayers as he pockets donations from the gun lobby.

House Speaker Paul Ryan
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville)

Each painting combines digital composition with indictments of each by text-based description of their actions with painting (watercolor for Ron, oil for Ryan) and Ryan’s halo is gilded. 8″ x 10″ images mounted on panel.