Each day in December, a painting of a leader or notable male figure in their birthday suit will be released from her online portfolio. So far Gore has dropped Kim Jong Un and Pope Benedict XVI in pinky nude. Gore has made all the prints free to download and encourages people to create bootleg merchandise, prints, and “whatever (else) you want to do with them”.
While the artist did acknowledge Donald Trump in a statement for “the role I played in the criticism of your body”, it’s interesting that the artist is continuing with the micro-dick series.
“A body does not fit into one of two categories: right or wrong, strong or weak. And while I believe this, through my own understanding of implicit bias knew that a small penis is mostly viewed unfavourably,” Gore writes. “Gender and perceived penis size holds tremendous power in today’s society. If it didn’t, no one would have paid attention to my painting of you.”
Gore then outlines some of the issues surrounding bodies, from the transgender bathroom bill to Trump’s attempts to curtail reproductive rights, and how the president has perpetuated them.
“I do these paintings not because they are wrong but because I believe in my message, and I will not stop until it is clear. To call this body shaming is to ignore the oppression that created it. Artwork is not a guide to human decency and morality. That’s what the government is supposed to be.”
Stay up to date with Ilma Gore’s NSFW December calendar on the website.