This is a time-lapse video documenting a piece I performed on March 29, 2012. The video cuts off at 20 minutes, 10 minutes before the performance concluded. Fortunately, documentation was made through photographs that were taken during the entire length of the piece.
Note: Please understand that because of the timelapse, actions will seem much faster than they occured. Consider when watching that most of these actions were very slow.
In this piece, for thirty minutes, I slowly and thoroughly painted the United States flag black with my hands, arms, and feet. Once the flag was entirely black, I lied my back down on top of it, grabbed the corners, and brought it over my shoulders while I leaned back up and stood. The flag, still wet from the paint, stained my white shirt spots of black. The flag and I embraced each other for several minutes until I took off my shirt and presented both it and the flag together.
The performance was a transformation of self. Over the past few months I have been going through some ideological and political changes. Before and during this performance, I was having a discourse with myself about these new ideas that are challenging my established political identity. Am I no longer a Democrat? Am I an anarchist? Is the system even worth saving in order to change it? Why shouldn't I just leave this [United States] place? What does my national identity mean to me?