King Cheeto. The Giant Orange Crayon. F-kface Von Clownstick. Angry Creamsicle. A racist clementine. The list of absurdly accurate nicknames for Donald Trump goes on, as the 2016 election has become more of a circus than ever before. A man who many thought would have no chance of making it beyond the initial republican debates has somehow garnered support from masses of Americans.
Responding to Trump's frightening buffoonery, New York City-based photographer William Miller made a series of photographs that appear to be disintegrating before our eyes. "Making fun of Donald Trump," says Miller, "is like trying to put clown makeup on the face of a clown already in full clown makeup."
To make these pictures, Miller prints a found photograph of Trump onto a sheet of clear plastic or acetate. Since the plastic can't fully absorb the ink, the colored liquid gathers and drips, distorting image, which Miller then scans with a flatbed scanner for the final print. "He's almost impossible to parody or imitate because he's an atrocity against the norms of civil behavior," adds Miller. "He lives inside the joke so his reflection could never be more absurd than its referent." To see more of Miller's work, visit his website, follow him on Instagram, or check out our recent group show: 'Roid Rage.
Bio: William Miller is an artist and photojournalist from New York City. He studied photography at Bard College and is currently an MFA candidate in the Photography Video and Related Media program at the School of Visual Arts. His work frequently addresses the physical interrogation of antiquated photographic processes exploring the intersection of the photograph as an image and an object.