Ivanka Trump with Roadkill (Her Father's Daughter)
       
     
Two Sisters with Roadkill
       
     
Woman with Roadkill V
       
     
Woman with Roadkill IV
       
     
Laid Table of Roadkill II
       
     
Woman with Roadkill III
       
     
Woman with Roadkill II
       
     
Woman with Roadkill
       
     
Ivanka Trump with Roadkill (Her Father's Daughter)
       
     
Ivanka Trump with Roadkill (Her Father's Daughter)

oil paint, tar, and asphalt on wood
29.25” diameter, 2017

Artist Statement:

My first impression of Ivanka Trump was in 2003, I was 15 years old and watching TV. A program was airing on children of the super-rich and there was a very pretty girl being interviewed about her life. I took notice of what she was saying because she didn’t look happy. She talked about the ignorance of those who assumed that just because she’s wealthy-beyond-belief that she didn’t feel pain. She made me feel for her. I was a middle-class teenager that felt kind of bad for someone who had more than I could imagine. But that’s one of the interesting things about Ivanka Trump; she can easily manipulate people, just like her father.

When asked to share a fond childhood memory, she described walking outside Trump Tower with her father. A homeless man asked Trump for spare change and Trump turned to the young Ivanka and said “that man is $8 million dollars richer than me”. Trump was in debt at the time, no spare change was given to the homeless man. So do we feel for her, or scoff at her sheltered and material life?

My painting “Ivanka Trump with Roadkill” was inspired by that first impression, and my past work that mocks aristocratic portraiture by draping well-to-do women with roadkill. The roadkill presents a startling contradiction to the luxury, beauty, and youth that the women symbolize in these pieces. Ivanka’s present-day rise to power has been mind-boggling. We are now in her hands as she helps her father make decisions that affect us all. Do we trust her despite the nepotism? Or is she simply the Opportunist her father has always been? Ivanka is the first real dynastic figure to be represented in this series of work, which has previously consisted of anonymous women. In this painting, like the others, her expression can’t be read. Does she know that people’s lives depend on her, or is she just part of a class of “careless people” as F. Scott Fitzgerald described in The Great Gatsby. Ultimately though, Ivanka Trump may just be her Father’s Daughter.

Two Sisters with Roadkill
       
     
Two Sisters with Roadkill

oil on linen, 41” diameter, 2016
Private Collection

Woman with Roadkill V
       
     
Woman with Roadkill V

oil on linen, 52 x 38”, 2014

Woman with Roadkill IV
       
     
Woman with Roadkill IV

oil on linen, 48 x 66”, 2013
Private Collection

Laid Table of Roadkill II
       
     
Laid Table of Roadkill II

oil on linen, 48 x 72”, 2013
Private Collection

Woman with Roadkill III
       
     
Woman with Roadkill III

oil paint, tar, and asphalt on canvas
approx. 45” x 63”, 2012
Private Collection

Woman with Roadkill II
       
     
Woman with Roadkill II

oil on canvas, 53 x 38”, 2011

Woman with Roadkill
       
     
Woman with Roadkill

oil on canvas, 53 x 38”, 2011
Private Collection