Flags of Matriotism

Works in this series explore our allegiances and how we express them. Familiar flags and emblems that visually signal our affiliations, beliefs, and values are steeped in patriotic or male-centric views that divide us by artificial borders and presume our rights to ownership of nature. These works propose a “matriotic” global view that defines home and our fellow “citizens” in the context of shared common wealth. This wealth – water, air, food, health, community – is contingent on our care and stewardship, not our abuse and exploitation. Stars and stripes are exchanged for a new aesthetic that puts women and nature at the forefront of our fidelity and urges that we reexamine to whom or what we pledge our allegiance.

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