Aria Watson, an 18-year-old student at Clatsop Community College in Oregon, has created a powerful, provocative photo series titled “#SignedByTrump” for her final project in her introductory photography class.
According to BuzzFeed News, Watson felt strongly about the candidates and their political stances, and decided to make some political art.
Watson’s project features mostly-nude portraits of women with some of Trump’s most repulsive comments about women painted on their bodies.
According to Marie Claire, Watson began her project prior to Trump being election, but after he won the election, she decided to push forward with her mission of making her voice heard.
“I never really cared for or understood politics, but this year was different,” Watson told BuzzFeed. “Although I was two weeks too young to actually vote, I was old enough to see what was happening and learn about it.”
Watson, a proud feminist, told Marie Claire that the way Trump talked about women made her sick. “The fact that he has said this, and other things like this, but still won is what scares me. I'm afraid that words, and even actions, like this will become a social norm.”
She said that it was difficult to find models for her photo series. “Not only is it hard for people to strip down in front of someone and let them paint on their body, but it's hard for a lot of people to be open about their political opinions.”
Watson decided to keep the models anonymous so that the viewer could picture the people however they wanted.
“Over the past few days, I’ve gotten messages that have brought me to tears,” Watson told BuzzFeed. “To everyone who has supported me and “#SignedByTrump,” don’t let anyone silence you. Don’t be afraid to speak up about what you are passionate about.”
According to Marie Claire, Watson has now partnered with The Outrage to create merchandise featuring her work, and 15 percent of the profits will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union in Trump's name. This incredible project shows that you even if you can't vote, you can still make a huge difference with your individual voice and talents.