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This artist said she's gotten death threats for her anti-Trump billboard


Karen Fiorito's latest artwork went on display on Friday in Phoenix. It's  a billboard that shows President Trump's face, with swastikas made of dollar signs and mushroom clouds in the background. (Note the Russian flag lapel pin.)

The other side of the billboard shows five hands spelling out "Unity" in sign language.

This billboard, she told The Arizona Republic, has gotten her death threats.

Here's a look at the billboard.

Here's the other side.

I've been called a communist, a Satan worshiper ... They were coming to get us with their boys.
Karen Fiorito

Fiorito says she and her husband, who both live in Los Angeles, have been receiving death threats since the morning after the piece went up. It will stay up as long as Trump is president, KPNX reports.

She's been threatened before. People told her they would "rape me and kill me" after past art projects.

Fiorito was commissioned to make the billboard by Phoenix-based Gallery La Melgosa. In 2004, when she was an art student at Arizona State University, she made a billboard criticizing then-President George W. Bush, showing him and his allies with text reading, "Dear America, We lied to you for your own good. Now trust us."

She said she made that billboard because "Saying anything about the president or the government was very, very taboo" and no gallery would accept her work. 

Critics said her anti-Trump billboard was just another example of sour grapes.

But others were impressed.

Even some Trump supporters backed the work.

Billboards are perfect because you don't have to go to a gallery to see it ... You're reaching people you'd never reach with your artwork.
Karen Fiorito

Fiorito's latest work, entitled "Got Drought?" has focused on the drought that has long plagued her current home state of California.

Here's an example of her latest work.

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