: Artist makes Trump image from animal parts for international show
Society15:38 Mar. 24, 2016
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Artist makes Trump image from animal parts for international show

A portrait of U.S. Republican presidential frontrunner is causing a stir at an art show in Hong Kong

The Trump installation created by British artist James Ostrer features a photograph of a human model wearing a blond bouffant hairpiece over a face constructed from a real pig snout and sheep eye balls.

A half-eaten croissant, raw fish, chunks of rubble covered in gold leaf and a suit splashed with crude oil complete the ensemble.

James Ostrer: "This body of work is called the ego system and Trump was one of the first starting points for it. I think I kind of wanted to create an icon, a visual icon, of, I suppose, the megalomania that's got to the point where his need for attention is overriding any kind of relationship or care for anyone else in the world really."

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Ostrer, whose Hong Kong installation also includes equally grotesque portraits of Tiger Woods, Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus, described his celebrity caricatures as "honesty portraits", not chosen because he dislikes the individuals, but because they are "perfectly emblematic of certain aspects of the contemporary human condition."

James Ostrer: "Well, I mean, so if you look at the elements in the work, it's full of references to the commodities market. Whether that's crude oil pouring out of the holes of his suit. Or chunks of rubble I've painted gold in reference to his empire of buildings. And, you know, essentially although it seems clear that financially he would have been better off just investing all of his inheritance, most of which has been involved in his failed business ventures but at the same time promising to make America great."

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Trump, a real-estate billionaire and former reality TV star has made a series of controversial statements on subjects including illegal immigration and national security.

While such remarks have boosted his popularity with supporters who see him as someone who speaks uncomfortable truths, they also outraged millions in the United States and around the world.

 

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