“Political Paper Dolls,” installation by Kathy Aoki
San Jose Museum of Art
Steel, Mixed Media, Canvas, Magnets
2012

This large scale interactive installation was commissioned by the San Jose Museum of Art for the exhibition “Renegade Humor,” on display at SJMA from February 3 – July 8, 2012.

The artwork is based on Aoki's original linoleum cuts with watercolor, which were translated into steel figures, and painted with acrylic, UV-light cured inks at Magnolia Editions in Oakland, California. The clothing, also based on Aoki linocuts, was printed with archival, pigmented inks on gessoes canvas. Vinyl magnets on the clothing tabs allows the viewer to dress the figures. Each political figure has three specially designed outfits, but most clothing pieces are mix and match. For example, Obama can wear Sarah Palin’s basketball outfit, while Newt can model the “Governator” outfit designed for Arnold Schwarzenegger. (All photos by David Wilcox)