Spangled Banner
sequins/beads on fabric
36" x 60"

Continuing with a similar approach used in earlier drapeaux pieces (and surrendering to an ongoing passion for sequins for which there apparently is still no cure), I wanted to once again explore contrasts caused by the unexpected. I took our most formal and meaningful national symbol and respectfully added an unforeseen level of extravagance. My intention was non-political, but rather playful in causing a bit of a triple-take for the viewer:

1) Instant recognition of the American flag
2) Confusion at a change from the expected colors and fabric and
3) Engagement with the variety of textures and colors.

And, of course, it sparkles.

In spite of my apolitical intentions though, after being in production for nearly two years I must admit that I found myself very emotional about being able to dedicate this piece on July 4th (2015) to everyone now able to fully celebrate their love through marriage thanks to the recent US Supreme Court decision. And with that dedication, I send my family, my extended family, my friends, and my community, a heartfelt wish for peace.