Studio Notes: The Freudian Slips of the US Senate

Constitutional crisis 2017 Carl Gopalkrishnan After the impeachment trial results I went back into an old box and pulled out this painting. I decided early after 2016 never to paint Donald Trump. I realised after my article in the Queer Psychoanalytic Society journal article I wrote that he was not Freud's "super-ego, but rather the collective id  of the US Senate.

Do you remember Forbidden Planet that classic science fiction film? We are all Morbius and Trump is the invisible monster of our society's subconscious. Morbius, like the GOP Senators, can't destroy it because the creature is himself. This painting is the first from that series of drawings from the summer of 2017 when this came to me.

A small painting, acrylic on canvas.


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