[ thoughts prayers ] 2016. Leah Barrett, ED of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, delivered a digital print of the image to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's office the week of July 4, 2016.
House Speaker Ryan has taken about $40,000 from the NRA; the text layers in the image name this financial relationship, and his NRA rating (he's Grade A). Ryan's a Catholic, hence, a gilded halo and an iconic pose.
The spiraling texts, created using Processing, were composited into a digital portrait, which was then printed, varnished, gilded, and painted, and last, mounted on panel.