We (with our reasoning power) find it perfectly natural to preserve food and money as a means to preserve our quality of life. Yet in the dichotomy of our actions we even go so far as to wage wars over these symbols of our wealth and security. I have been raised in an environment driven by this dichotomy and as a result have for most of my life been perplexed by the innate struggle to overcome this situation without giving in to it. In a nutshell, this struggle is the concept my art work has revolved around.
The concept at work in these flag pieces is rather simple. There has been a law pushed to make flag burning illegal. Yet legally the only way to dispose of a worn-out flag is to burn it. So rather than burning these worn-out flags I chose to preserve them. To me this process on the surface thumbs its nose at the law, but beneath the surface it questions our innate sensitivity and national pride. We choose to preserve the symbolic character and I have simply continued that process with this body of work.