Untitled series

Untitled (under God), 2022
brass and brass hardware
144” x 1” x 3”

Untitled (in three parts), 2022
brass and brass hardware
3 at 144” x 1” x 8”

Untitled (reflex), 2022
brass, brass hardware, a corner
144" x1" x 1"

This work intervenes on the semiotics of the nation and the symbols that construct ancestral heritage as well as national pride. Rather than employing a grammar of identification, this work uses exaggeration and juxtaposition to suspend the supposed beauty and pageantry of the flag through a focus on the ornament. Within vexillology, or the study of flags, the finial atop the flagpole is a relatively unexamined decorative element of a flag’s presentation. This work asks what happens when presenting heraldic elements not merely as floral borders, but instead as national and nationalizing symbols with capacities to intervene on imperial cultural narratives and their objects.