Shannon Gormley, Willamette Weekly, June 15, 2017
Next Thursday, Washington sculptor James Kelsey will unveil Piss Trump, a giant photography piece depicting Donald Trump naked, crucified and suspended in a tank of piss.
Kelsey says it’s not totally his intention for Piss Trump to be inflammatory.
“I want the unveiling to be a catharsis for us,” he says. “Not another reason to express anger.”
Piss Trump resembles Andres Serrano’s 1987 Piss Christ, a photo of a ghostly crucifix tinted yellow by the dark urine in which its submerged. The controversy over Piss Christ was exacerbated when the work won an award that was partly funded by the tax-payer supported National Endowment for the Arts, a budget that Trump has vowed to cut.
“I’m glad they’re offended,” says Kelsey. “Trump was an offensive man and is now an offensive President.”