I was reminded of 2009 when Hillary first showed her mettle. I was the featured artist for a small literary journal produced by San Francisco Bay Press in 2010 called 'Lady Jane Miscellany' with great writers and poets (those were the days....). I spoke about this painting I did of Hillary Clinton in 2009. The title refers to chansons des geste, which are old French medieval poems (roughly translated as songs of heroic deeds).
Featured Artist interview with the Editor of Lady Jane Miscellany, a literary journal in 2009.
“I did this one at the same time as my Obama painting during the US primaries when those two were really battling it out, and I thought it was quite an epic battle. I know Hillary has her issues, but I do like Hillary Clinton. She’s a powerful force [laughs]. Even when she’s bad-tempered, you know, she’s so human, and I like that. You know how everyone’s so perfect, and they’re not. She kind of shows her cracks, and I like that. So the painting is really her losing the primaries, and her ship’s gone down, and she’s in a lifeboat, and the White House is under water, and she’s stuck on the top of it still. I don’t know about the bald thing. The bald thing just happened. She lost her hair. It just seemed right.
And at the same time, I think it’s a very female image, I think she’s very sexual as a woman, and it’s always annoyed me the way American culture and media kind of defects her a little bit. Like, why can't she be a woman, and be intelligent and heroic, and still be a woman? It seems unfair to say that if she has a high intellect, she can’t be the other. So, her figure is, I think, quite womanly, but she’s still a warrior. And I think of Hillary Clinton as a warrior, so I called it “Chansons des Geste-Song of Hillary”. Copyright © Carl Gopalkrishnan