The Pussy Paintings

In contrast to the many series in The White House Collection that use the device of self-portraits as First Ladies, The Pussy Paintings use self-portraits as various women, famous and ordinary, who have recently come forward to expose and condemn sexual harassment and abuse. The Pussy Paintings use a similar format as the America Povera paintings, which are in The White House Collection. However, in The Pussy Paintings, the cardboard painting support reflects the perceived worthlessness of women in our society and are shaped to reflect content. The portraits are mounted on “wallpaper” with patterns that enhance the drama and content while providing social and political context to the work. The wallpaper imagery was developed through a larger, and ongoing work, America Selfie.