Time, much time went into the Pride, Trans, and American flags. Making patterns takes time. When I first started drawing patterns the marking reminded me of quilting. But, I thought, much less time. Not so sure about that anymore. Does it really take less time to draw a mark as it does to stitch one?
The problem with the amount of time needed to finish a piece is all in my head. Not that the time is in my head, that that it is a problem is what is in my head. Watching Great Pottery Throw Down I heard one of the artists say as she made a sculpture, "It's nice to spend time with a piece." I quickly wrote that down and posted it at my desk.
Time isn't something to fly through, just like finishing art isn't to fly through. What I'm infusing in the art I create is my vision, emotions, connections, experiences, and love.
This is especially important to me while creating these pieces because they grew out of an admission to myself that I now see the American flag as a symbol of threat to me and my way of thinking, the way I choose to live, the people I love, and the things I value. I see the flag being held aloft as a dare and a threat of violence. I didn't always see that, and this I believe. If the American flag isn't redefined, re-claimed as a symbol of freedom not bullying, of inclusion not exclusion, and of idealism not indoctrination then the American flag will become what the Rebel flag is now--offensive and outdated.
I'm off my soapbox now. Here are some images of the pieces as they progress.
After making all the patterns in the flags, I cut the stylized flags into strips and wove them together. Next I created a patterned substrate to put the flags on. Some of the backgrounds I wrote on. All got dots and a dark top coat. Finally, I collaged the flags to their backgrounds. Below is a peek at the finished pieces.