Stand By Us

November 2017

 

It is against the U.S. Flag code to have the flag touch the ground and it is never to be walked on. What happens when the American flag is altered and in support of an organization? Are the U.S. flag codes diminished or does it still hold the same weight? Blue Lives Matter came to be as a countermovement in response to Black Lives Matter in the United States.

 

It is a choice to become a police officer and a job can never hold identity significance as deep as someone’s racial identity can. The job of a police officer is tough, I as the artist acknowledge that they put their life on the line every day to keep try and keep this country safe, I also acknowledge the ones whom have fallen in the line of duty. But the bigger problem is that this flag also is in support of a system that functions on discriminatory policing and racial profiling across the country.

 

This work comes to build awareness around the Blue Lives Matter Flag and organization. Inspired by Dread Scott’s What Is The Proper Way To Display A Us Flag? my studio floor became home to a wall-to-wall Blue Lives Matter carpet (or maybe quilt). Every visitor had to deal with the task of entering the space or just looking from the doorway. If you entered the space, you had to walk on the flags. An American Flag that represents all things Blue Lives Matter, will people feel hesitant to walk on the flags? was a question I was looking to answer.

Stand By Us

November 2017

 

It is against the U.S. Flag code to have the flag touch the ground and it is never to be walked on. What happens when the American flag is altered and in support of an organization? Are the U.S. flag codes diminished or does it still hold the same weight? Blue Lives Matter came to be as a countermovement in response to Black Lives Matter in the United States.

 

It is a choice to become a police officer and a job can never hold identity significance as deep as someone’s racial identity can. The job of a police officer is tough, I as the artist acknowledge that they put their life on the line every day to keep try and keep this country safe, I also acknowledge the ones whom have fallen in the line of duty. But the bigger problem is that this flag also is in support of a system that functions on discriminatory policing and racial profiling across the country.

 

This work comes to build awareness around the Blue Lives Matter Flag and organization. Inspired by Dread Scott’s What Is The Proper Way To Display A Us Flag? my studio floor became home to a wall-to-wall Blue Lives Matter carpet (or maybe quilt). Every visitor had to deal with the task of entering the space or just looking from the doorway. If you entered the space, you had to walk on the flags. An American Flag that represents all things Blue Lives Matter, will people feel hesitant to walk on the flags? was a question I was looking to answer.