Assemblage artist Jillian Kogan deftly demystifies the iconography of flags by transforming them into renewed cultural and deeply personal messages.
Raised in the “Old Line” state of Maryland, she moved west to the “Golden State” where she became inspired by the SoCal lifestyle. Kogan sought to promote a juxtaposition of the California dream and its reality by reinventing the California Bear flag. Her early assemblages were featured in an article for the Los Angeles Times: HOME Section, and she was discovered as quickly as an actress in a soda shop.
Her creative impulse translates the familiar two-dimensional object, with its simple internal structure and meaning, into something entirely unique. It is without limitation of cause or country or symbol, but a newly forged collective of found objects that thread the weave of a brand new banner.