Ever wanted to flush Pauline Hanson and her shitty views down the toilet? One local artist is giving you that opportunity.
Printmaker Drew Abrahamson has stamped the One Nation senator’s face onto hundreds of rolls of toilet paper in protest of her return to parliament. “I was fed up with her narrow-minded mentality. Her coming into power again is scary and dangerous. So I did what I could in my own witty way.”
The product coincides with Abrahamson’s fundraising campaign to support a diverse Australia. All proceeds will go to organisations that “work hard to create a more inclusive community on a local and national scale”. For each donation above $10 the artist will send, or personally deliver, a roll of TP. He has currently reached $1966 of his $2000 target.
Abrahamson has received a stream of online abuse and even death threats since the fundraiser went live. “It’s pretty crazy. I think it’s kind of what I expected, though," he says.
"It must have gotten the attention of a Pauline Hanson supporter page. The hate was coming hard and fast. It was funny; there were a lot of spelling errors. But they were calling me a ‘pathetic Muslim lover’ and ‘a disgrace to Australia’. I brushed it off but it does catch you off guard. It also made me realise how many people share her opinion, which is worrying.”
The numbers are alarming. An Essential poll released this week revealed that 49 per cent of respondents favour a ban on Muslim immigration. Perhaps more surprisingly, the survey showed that 40 per cent of Labor voters and 34 per cent of Greens voters would support a ban.
In light of the current political climate, Abrahamson won’t name the groups who will receive the money. “They’re already vulnerable organisations,” he explains. “I don’t want to put them at risk of scrutiny and threats. They weren’t sure if they should even be associated with the project. They love the idea and thought it was funny, but at the same time were afraid of being [publicly] linked to it.”
Abrahamson’s Pauline Poo Paper will form part of an installation at an upcoming exhibition at The Mill in November. The toilet paper is available via his Go Fund Me page. It is also stocked for a limited time at Created Range in Regent Arcade.