For my first “flag art” series, the assemblages were crafted by manipulating assortments of fabrics with rips and layers to achieve their highly textural surfaces. The works transformed the objects, but they did not challenge the convention of the symbols or strongly modify the interpretation. Hence, this became the confront for the second series allowing for the dilution of merely decorative pieces and the creation of conceptually based sociopolitical messages.
The ‘State of Mind’ solo show highlighted substance abuse, patriotism, recycling, and icons — themes, which can provide comfort, into subject matter unable to sustain console. The series emphasized the imagery of modern culture sprinkled with hints of humor and a faint call of distress.
My latest series “American Icononics” is another reinvention depicting the flag. By juxtaposing American icons screened and posted onto the American flag with objects that have come to symbolize them in nature, by tragedy, with love and joy and with hate and sadness.