World of Wonder Productions‘ Anti-Trump art exhibition “Surviving Trump: The Art of Resistance” at the fabulous World of Wonder’s Storefront Gallery is a week and a half away! As art is coming to our building, we wanted to highlight and feature all the brave badasses that will be donating their work (all the proceeds sold from each piece will go directly to the ACLU).
Today, we are featuring WOWlebrity and a fantastic pop artist Sham Ibrahim.
Check him out and his piece:
WOW: For those that might not be familiar with your work, can you tell us a little bit about what kind of art you make and why you make it?
Sham: My art is digital. I draw in on a computer and transfer to canvas. I specialize in celebrity portraits and outstanding moments in pop culture. I am an artist because I think art has the power to create everlasting changes in the world we live in.
WOW: For our show, can you tell us a little bit about your piece and what the inspiration behind it was? Obviously, the inspiration is Trump, but what angle led you to depict him in the way that you did.
Sham: I drew Trump as an infant in diapers playing with America. I drew this because I feel like that’s how he is largely perceived. Most of my art is about public perception rather than my personal opinion.
WOW: It’s been said that during times of oppression, the best art comes out. What advice can you give our readers/fellow artists about continually creating during this dismal climate.
Sham: During a dismal climate or any climate artists should never stop creating and never give up. I felt dismal in my life many times and I almost gave up entirely, but if I did I wouldn’t be doing the things I am doing today so it’s important to never give up no matter what.
WOW: Will you be at the Women’s March on saturday? What are your thoughts on protest? Is art protest as well as marching?
Sham: I will not be at The Women’s March because I will not be in Washington on Saturday, however I stand strongly in solidarity with women all over the world, not just in America. We have a long way to go for equality for women. Just look at Sharia law and how women are treated in counties that enforce it. Third wave feminism is over, and thanks to political correctness and social justice warriors it was largely misguided from what the early feminist movement set out to accomplish, which was to eliminate patriarchy. Unfortunately, the world is still very much a victim of patriarchy. The answer is obvious: gender needs to be destroyed and demolished. I hope that will be the goal of 4th wave feminism. Also, women have been the biggest supporters of LGBT rights and as I think the LGBT community should stand with women especially because they fought so hard for us. Now it’s our turn to fight for them.
WOW: How are you feeling with the inauguration so close and what outlook do you have now?
Sham: This whole election has been like watching Jersey Shore but with politicians. I’ll be watching the inauguration for sure, but just for entertainment purposes. Donald Trump is really good tv. My outlook is that I don’t care. America is and always has been great because of the people, not the president.
WOW: What other organizations can our readers donate to (besides the ACLU) during this time.
Sham: The ACLU is AWSOME and also Readers should just donate to like a homeless person whose hungry or like buy them food and clothes if they see them. That’s the best I think. Just give money direct to people who need it. That’s how you make the world great is through kindness. And planned parenthood love them always give them money.
Visit his site: shampopart.com to see more of his work and we will see you at the show on the 18th of January from 8-11PM!