Flag of US is a response to the divisive rhetoric and acts going on in our nation: the talk of building walls, the bans and raids, the rising tensions that have led to violence. I invited people in my community who were feeling affected and marginalized and those who wanted to be of support to transform our American flag into a flag of US. It is inspired by the game of Musical Chairs—but in our version, no one is ever left out.
Participants brought food and musical instruments to share. Drawing supplies were provided. We met around a large table that had been painted to represent the American flag. There, we ate together, and then we drew each other’s faces—and faces on top of faces—to the stop-and-go rhythm of the emerging music we created together. The three languages that we all understand—food, drawing, and music—guided us through the process. The Impromptu Drawing is a meditation on unity and sharing in which we break down imaginary boundaries that divide us while we create together playfully. And as a future iteration of this, I would like to inspire others nationwide to join a larger collective effort to drown out the hateful rhetoric by creating more Flag of US. Stay tuned for our tutorial and tag #FlagOfUS
Flag of US – the July 4th weekend version is currently on display at the Block Off Biltmore, downtown Asheville
Impromptu Drawing of US : We Are *Almost All Immigrants will be on exhibit in August at Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University, Mars Hill