A painting of Muammar Gadaffi, Bob Dylan, and Barack Obama nude on a unicorn which I call Obama Unicorn Odyssey Dawn -
I actually painted this a few months ago, but I thought I would repost the image and add an extrapolation in light of recent events.
The idealistic anti-war left represented by the 'Blonde On Blonde' era Dylan does not know what to make of Obama's continuing faith in The Military Option, but is willing to harmonize with the President's continuing successes by aiming the rhetorical weapon downwards. The 1966 Dylan reference alludes to the Vietnam War in a period of flux between the optimism of Kennedy's Camelot and the desperation of the Nixon White House, a time of prolonged uncertainty similar to the American military actions in both Iraq and Afghanistan today. Obama's unicorn Penelope (symbolic of either HOPE or the Anglo electoral majority) is here on the side of the young Dylan, who was himself perceived by the media as an icon of the political left when in fact he harbored strong conservative personal leanings which he hid behind a persona of aloofness. Penelope is playing Dylan's harmonica, choosing not to see and referencing the harmonica-heavy 'Just Like A Woman' (Just Like A Liberal) a song which seemingly alludes on the surface to a transsexual affair but which on a baser level hints at Dylan's coming purposeful retreat from iconic media stature, aware that it was he who was in fact acting in the role of the deceptive lover.
The central figure in the painting is Obama himself, striking a traditional Marian Co-redemptrix pose, his foot on the body of the snake while he beheads the serpent and releases the promised 'seed' (oil)-
'And I will put enmity between you and the woman
and between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
and you shall bruise Him on the heel.' (Genesis 3:15)
If the opposite side of this painting could be viewed Obama would be seen with breasts and a vagina. Prodeny of the electorate, he as President represents the eternal Mother of the military. It is only correct that in this feminine role, while taunting the Libyan leader with his perfect unattainable buttocks, that he should act as both judge and castrator of the flamboyant dictator. Having removed from Gadaffi the source of his power and prowess, only Obama's heel holds him in the frame. Gadaffi is dressed in green because I thought the painting needed more green.