Photo Essays

Graphic Reflections on the Sorry State of US Politics

These posters reflect a desire as an artist to “do something” about the social and political upheaval going on in this country.

Jeff Gates “The Rise and Fall of the American Empire” (2013) (all images courtesy of the artist)

Under the guise of the Chamomile Tea Party, I take old propaganda posters and remix them with new text and imagery about the sorry state of American political discourse. These posters reflect my desire as an artist to “do something” about the social and political upheaval going on in this country. In addition, they have been instrumental in helping me to clarify my vantage point. It’s not on the political left/right spectrum as much as it is outside of it, looking in. In my essay, Choking on Our WordsI said, I’m somewhere else  —  between anger and curiosity and between our fears and our truths  —  weaving my way through a nuanced political minefield.

Jeff Gates, “It Came from Benghazi” (2014) Chamomile Tea Party
Jeff Gates, “Trump’s Fake News” (2017) Chamomile Tea Party
Jeff Gates, “Don’t Use Our Healthcare as Your Political Battlefield!” (2013) Chamomile Tea Party
Jeff Gates, “Politicians! Your Manly Insecurities Show When You Try to Control Our Bodies” (2012) Chamomile Tea Party
Jeff Gates “A Xmas Card from the GOP” (2017) Chamomile Tea Party
Jeff Gates, “Sold!” (2012) Chamomile Tea Party
Jeff Gates, “Massacre Repeat Massacre Repeat Massacre Repeat” (2017) Chamomile Tea Party
Jeff Gates, “Welcome to America/Bienvenido a América” (2018) Chamomile Tea Party
Jeff Gates, “Waiting” (2016) Chamomile Tea Party
Jeff Gates, “Resistance is a Ground Game: Grab Your Tools” (2017) Chamomile Tea Party

Jeff Gates’s Chamomile Tea Party project is now featured on Google Arts & Culture.

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