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Another Parody

March 8, 2017




Back when I was teaching classes at our local art college, students often asked me where my illustration ideas came from. I’d point out that a rich source for ideas could be found in parody. Not long ago I published two posts, one on artistic parodies and the other on American painter Andrew Wyeth. This post combines the two. You probably know that a parody is a lampoon, caricature, imitation or mockery—a takeoff of something serious for satirical purposes.


You might have seen Wyeth’s famous painting, Christina’s World, showing the artist’s crippled neighbor crawling across an empty field, one of America’s most iconic images.




Yesterday while surfing the Web I found this fun image, a parody of Wyeth’s famous depiction of loneliness and isolation. Christina has been replaced with someone prominent in the news, Kellyanne Conway, kneeling in that infamous pose on a couch in the Oval Office. Added to the background is the White House, looking as isolated as Christina’s old homestead.





Conway took a lot of heat for this supposed act of irreverence and I’ve little doubt that she felt as isolated as Christina after this photo broke. It looks to me like she was making an effort for her shoes NOT to touch the couch but there are those who now find fault in the absurd. Remember how Obama caught flak for putting his feet on the Resolute Desk in the same spot where Reagan put his feet? Nevertheless, I think this an effective conceptual illustration of a political figure hung out to dry and at odds with her employer.


Don’t feel too bad for Kellyanne. After being banished from the airwaves for a week because of this and other blunders, she seems to have wormed her way back into her boss’ good graces. She’s back on TV, sporting a makeover (she now looks softer and less haggard) and wearing more paint than Andrew Wyeth used to create Christina’s World.



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I actually saw a clip that picture was taken from and she was getting her phone ready to lean forward to snap a picture. I'm not a fan of hers, but I think we did our camp a disservice by making something out of nothing with the picture that went viral.
By: Rick Watson on March 8, 2017
well now- the way I see it is this: The Oval office is our Oval office....each President is only there for a bit...but it always belongs to all Americans. I see no irreverence nor disrespect for her feeling comfy enough to relax on the couch. Humpf. The media makes too much out of would be great if the media would go back to reporting REAL news instead of Hollynews....
By: Kathe W. on March 8, 2017
To be honest,, I found nothing wrong with her on the couch --In fact I have some admiration for her ability to kneel back on her legs like that -- something I could once do when I was about 10! I don't think much of Kellyann, but sometimes criticism just goes too far...
By: The Broad on March 8, 2017
Interesting how perception and the appearance of a faux pas lights up some media outlets. Was it staged or something more innocent... I know one thing, I don't care.
By: Daniel LaFrance on March 8, 2017
Proof that people get riled up over the stupidest things.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on March 8, 2017
I love the parody of Christina. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on March 8, 2017
"Wearing more paint than Wyeth used" That's a classic line! I think my next post will be on art--Thomas Cole's series on the Seasons of Man in the National Gallery.
By: Sage on March 8, 2017
I had not seen the Kellyanne parody-that is amusing. Kate McKinnon struck that pose several times on SNL. Funny what becomes our new social memes.
By: Tom Cochrun on March 8, 2017
Proof that people get riled up over the stupidest things.--I agree with Alex!!
By: fishducky on March 8, 2017
I had thought her pose a bit juvenile that was highlighted by her fascination with the phone during a power meeting. Now I can't wait to see the new paint packed make over. She always looked so exhausted.
By: Arkansas Patti on March 8, 2017
She is one stupid ass twit. I will do that on my couch or on my best friend's couch that the dogs have destroyed but I would never do this at someone else's place never mind the white house. No class but love the satiric rendering of this classic painting
By: Birgit on March 8, 2017
I have to say, I wasn't entirely comfortable with the image of that person with her feet up on the couch. Maybe there was a big deal made of it, maybe not. However, when we had guests over Christmas, and the "kids" (both in their thirties) had their bare feet up on our couch, I was just as uncomfortable. Keep your damned feet on the floor! Not on the couch! If the pres wants to have a foot up on the desk? Well, that's been going on for as long as there has been coverage of the Oval Office. Maybe it shouldn't be allowed, but who is going to enforce that one?
By: Bob McLean on March 8, 2017
Like everyone on Trump's immediate team, Kellyanne has sold her soul for $$$ and fame. I think she'll soon learn there isn't enough $$$ or fame in the world to make it a fair trade.
By: scott park on March 8, 2017
I'd look haggard to if I had to deal with today's media. But I like the parody. She was treated abominably so putting her in a field by herself would have been comforting.
By: Kate on March 8, 2017
I meant to write I'd look haggard "too." Had to correct myself since the perfect people here might notice and make a nasty comment.
By: Kate on March 8, 2017
The report I read on why she had her feet under her was because she was asked to take a picture with her phone and she was trying to comply. I am not a fan of her double-speak and her calculating behavior, but the extent to which she was pilloried for this particular action goes beyond the pale. Not that the same thing hasn't happened on both sides, but if we're saying "we're the reasonable ones," we need to rise above.
By: jenny_o on March 8, 2017
I always learn from the lessons you teach. That was a good illustration. Thanks,
By: red Kline on March 8, 2017
That image is clever, and good for a laugh, if it isn't over-analyzed to to death.
By: Val on March 8, 2017
Loved this post. Especially given Conway's take on the term "truth". :-) Greetings from London.
By: A Cuban In London on March 9, 2017
Yes, I noticed she had be botoxed or some such thing. She is pretty much the punching bag these days and I do wish I could be sympathetic.
By: Tabor on March 9, 2017
Like Birgit said , I would never do this at someone else's place
By: joe on March 10, 2017

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