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Just Some Very Strange Portraits of Barack Obama

Ransom Riggs
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Most people don't make art unless they're feeling inspired, and over the past year or so, Barack Obama has inspired lots of people -- some of them so much that they felt compelled to make Barack Obama-themed art, some of which is very, very, -- even bloggably -- strange. Culled from the wonderful compendium that is ArtofObama.com, these images might inspire you too, or curse you with weird dreams for weeks, depending on your temperament.

To begin, consider the dove. A symbol of peace, and commonly associated with public figures living, dead and fictional who inspire positive feelings in their followers. Usually, however, the doves are flying around in the background and the inspirational public figure occupies some uncluttered foreground space. Artist Derek Chatwood, however, chose to depict Barack Obama as so inspiring and hope-y that he is literally stuffed with doves, who are flying out of his various orifices.

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