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.
There have been two events:
The first one was originally called Impromptu Drawing of US : We Are *Almost All Immigrants. 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.
We just completed the second one - this video. It was done as a unique way to celebrate our national holiday in unity.
Flag of US is on display at THE BLOCK off Biltmore, Downtown Asheville, NC
Impromptu Drawing of US : We Are *Almost All Immigrants will be on exhibit in August at Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC