This image was born from a remarkable photograph Green was able to capture in Philadelphia on what President Obama’s team dubbed ‘Barnstorming Day’; an event which involved four rallies over four hours in all four corners of the city. The photograph was taken at 6am in the cold, clear light just after dawn.
Obama, Pink is an exploration of duality and journey, of masculinity and femininity, of darkness and light.
The portrait has been duplicated, the figure repeated and overlaid, exploring density, tone and both the physical and metaphorical imprint of the man and his position. It directly references images of John Wayne as well as Andy Warhol’s Elvis. The double image evokes a sense of many selves, of mixed heritage, and multi-dimensional identity. Here President Obama is stepping forward, coming towards the viewer, a cultural icon at a pivotal moment whose trajectory is never certain.
The pink layer asks us to question our assumptions of power and masculinity, particularly when thinking of cultural icons presented in the media throughout history.