Americans flags unwoven string by string and reassembled as two separate flags made only of the vertical (warp) and horizontal (weft) strings respectively. The end of each string is threaded through a needle and pined back into registration.
NEW CENTURY, 2012, 36"x48"
Three unwoven American flags pinned with needles at three different depths, allowing the strings to visually reweave in an increasingly smaller unified area.
WEALTH OF NATIONS, 2010, 22"x34" each
These unwoven strings form a comparative graph of wealth disparity from 1905-2015. It is interesting to note that the height of the disparity in 1929 and 2008 was just about at the same point before a financial crisis occurred. Based on historical trends and human nature, the last 5 years are theoretical projection.
HERO-HOSTAGE, 2013, 48"X72" each
These words are taken from old Western movie titles, iconic words from the American narrative. Here you have the earliest idea of the Western myth, that of the hero and the captive. Stories of white women being taken captive by savages until a hero would arise to get her back. But in a pluralistic, democratic society, who is the hero and who is the hostage? A single flag separated string by string unweaves this American exceptionalistic mythic narrative, to question why so many feel hostage to unseen forces of economics, race, class, a changing environment and who exactly is the hero in modernity….