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Join or Die by Justine Lai

March 28, 2009
Join or Die by Justine Lai

Join or Die painting series by Justine Lai

SAN Francisco, California born artist Justine Lai creates a series of paintings entitled Join or Die. A series of paintings of her having sex, yes SEX with the Presidents of the United States in chronological order.

I approach the spectacle of sex and politics with a certain playfulness. It would be easy to let the images slide into territory that’s strictly pornographic—the lurid and hardcore, the predictably “controversial.” One could also imagine a series preoccupied with wearing its “Fuck the Man” symbolism on its sleeve. But I wish to move beyond these things and make something playful and tender and maybe a little ambiguous, but exuberantly so. This, I feel, is the most humanizing act I can do.

Justine Lai, Join or Die painting series

Join or Die painting series by Justine Lai

Join or Die painting series by Justine Lai

Join or Die painting series by Justine Lai

All Join or Die paintings are oil on canvas and measured 18×24 inches.

Images via [Electric ant Zine]

More of Justine Lai’s work [here]

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