Wealth of Nations, 2011
Deconstructed American Flag, 40" x 68" x 3"
Rended Flag Series - Destylosis of the symbol of America itself.
Here I have painstakingly taken apart Americans flags string by string, completely disassembling them and then reassembling them into two separate flags made only of vertical and horizontal strings respectively. The end of each string is threaded through a needle and then placed in the shape of a graph comparing the wealth of the top 1% of Americans to everyone else for the last 100 years. I feel that the extreme polarization we are currently experiencing: socially, economically, and politically is literally rending the fabric of America, so this work is a physical representation of the state of the Union. For me these vertical and horizontal strings once separated become paradigms for viewing the world, that once polarized as opposites can never fully integrate.