New Work

Jabba the Trump

by Teresa Chan for Badlands Unlimited

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Made in collaboration with her son Paul, Teresa Chan presents Jabba The Trump -- a one-of-a-kind hand knitted sculpture that depicts Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as the notorious Star Wars underworld boss Jabba The Hutt dressed as a KKK grand wizard.

Jabba The Trump was made in response to the rise of Donald Trump’s racist and nationalistic presidential campaign. It recalls the ancient practice of Voodoo dolls, puppets, and other ritual effigies and redefines the primitive wounds of Womanhouse – a process that mirrors the complexities of healing and destroying of what is seen and felt in the realities of an anti-feminist, xenophobic Trump candidacy. Jabba The Trump aesthetically digs beneath the political surface and enters a state that Mike Kelley pointedly describes: “the stuffed animal is a pseudo-child, a hypersexualized monster."

Speaking about Trump and his campaign, Teresa said, "He is so bad. I am an immigrant. I came to U.S. in 1981. He wants to kick me out? What about Paul? He immigrant too! He hate woman. He hate everybody, except himself. What an ugly guy. That's why he has mask. Ugly."

Jabba the Trump reflects not only the ghoulish and grotesque, but also the Voodoo duality of the rattlesnake. Its poison is toxic, but its poison is also needed to heal the same toxin. Jabba the Trump is open to all yet holds many secrets and mysteries to those who are uninitiated.

2016

Yarn, cotton stuffing

18" x 5" x 12.5"

45.72cm x 12.7cm x 31.75cm


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Teresa Chan for Badlands Unlimited

Teresa Chan is a former high school biology teacher and the mother of artist Paul Chan. She lives in Los Angeles.

2016

Yarn, cotton stuffing

Edition Size: 3

18" x 5" x 12.5"

45.72cm x 12.7cm x 31.75cm