Modern art lovers will instantly recognize the two Jasper Johns motifs, the American flag and the target, which he included separately in many works. I first sketched this painting in my art journal on February 28, 2015. For the previous two or three years I had been occasionally sketching and painting targets for use in my illustration work. It was while studying books on Jasper Johns that I thought about combining the two as an editorial piece on America being the target of terrorism. As I was painting I decided to subtlety add in the cross to tie in the Christian element in relation to the war on Christianity and also open up the painting to other non-terrorism interpretations.
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