Spangled Banner
sequins/beads on fabric
36" x 60"
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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
  1. 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.
All images © Ron Orpitelli 2015