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August 21, 2009

Join Or Die

image from Justine Lai's Join or Die

OK, no middle of the road on this one, you're either gonna love it or you're gonna hate it.

San Francisco artist Justine Lai is in the midst of creating a series of oil paintings called "Join or Die". The series consists of self-portraits of Lai imagining herself having sex with each of the US Presidents, in chronological order. (Pictured above is Lai's tryst with the 6th President of the United States, John Quincy Adams).

Lai says she hopes the paintings will help humanize the presidency, and that the images will be seen as "playful and tender and maybe a little ambiguous".

You can judge for yourself on her website, where her first 18 paintings (Washington to Grant) are on view. (NOTE: Many of the images are not safe for work).

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at August 21, 2009 10:55 PM