Plenty of people hate politicians, Peeps, or both. Nearly everyone, however, should love Peeps modeled after politicians. CongressPEEPle are universally lovable.
Artist and crafter Barbara Martin, who has been Peeps-based art for several years now, understands this magical combination well. Her Instagram account, @WeThePeeple, features Peeps modeled after famous liberal and left-wing politicians involved in the #Resistance.
This is peak political diorama art.
“I’ve always loved Peeps as a snack food,” Martin told Mashable in a phone interview. “I actually started a Peeps contest in a magazine so I would get free Peeps!”
After the 2016 election, Martin’s Peep art took a turn for the political. She felt frustrated. Instead of giving into the sadness, however, she decided to take action by crafting Peeps dioramas.
“When the election happened, when the Women’s March happened and everyone sat around very frustrated … I made a few dioramas.”
Martin’s art is often inspired by events in the news. Recently, that included Maxine Waters’ testy exchange with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that went viral.
The entire interaction is worth watching. But if you don’t have time to watch the full video, I highly encourage you to explore Martin’s Peep-ified version of events.
Martin tries to keep her dioramas artful yet basic. She uses “cloth, clay, paint, and wood” and stays away from jiggly eyes and other more comical accoutrements.
She’s also tried to model more Peeps after Congressional leaders. Unsurprisingly, it’s been a “huge process to find all the white Peeps because I wanted to do all the men,” Martin says.
“They don’t make white Peeps anymore,” Martin explains.
Martin has rightly concentrated her efforts on the many women and women of color in Congress. The results have been consistently excellent.
She’s also taken a stab at the presidential candidates as well. Here’s Martin’s take on Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg.
Martin saves her animosity for President Trump, whose Peep appears next to two smashed Peeps.
“Everything he touches,” the caption reads.
That’s vengeance, all right. Cold, hard, crafty vengeance.
I’m excited to see Martin craft Peeps-based political dioramas for the approximately 1 million candidates running in the next presidential primary.