Art & Words By: Zoë Trautz
"I decided to draw Donald Trump on the day he was elected and I liked doing it so much I just kept going. I was first interested in drawing him for aesthetic reasons; I draw a lot of colorful and grotesque faces, so Trump’s exaggerated facial expressions and vibrant complexion made his image fun to work with. He’s also very easy to draw: it’s easy to achieve a likeness of someone who already looks like a caricature of himself. I gravitate towards surrealism in art so I was naturally drawn to Trump’s victory as a subject, but in this case I didn’t think I needed to elaborate much on reality to achieve a surreal effect. I tried to choose source images displaying a spectrum of expressions, and I was looking for humorous and/or unflattering photographs in particular, which is every photograph of Donald Trump. At first I thought that if I was going to draw Donald Trump I was obliged to make a specific criticism, but satirizing or mocking Trump struck me as redundant. I decided instead on a straightforward series of large-scale portraits. My thinking was that in order to mock Donald Trump all one needs to do is portray him honestly."
Medium: Chalk Pastel