Flag Series

Abstract pattern, made with an old flag.

Being in the moment is much like looking at a national flag and seeing a piece of cloth.

A bag made with an old flag, with fringed strap.

Flag Series (2003- ) was born out of my fondness for weathered materials.

Few decades back, I found an old American flag in a dusty pile at a thrift store. Over time as I examined the material, transiency I saw woven into the fading fabric spoke to me that, with all it had seen, what remains is only the beauty of life, pulsating in this moment.

By scissoring National flags, I do not intend to dishonor the Nations or the feelings of those who stand behind them. This is not an act of protest.
Rather, by using the Flags as a mere, yet uniquely attractive material in forms nearly unrecognizable of their origins, I wish to abandon the roles assigned to them so as to bring forth the tales of their individual histories.

古布への愛着からうまれたシリーズ。

20数年前古着屋で見つけたアメリカ国旗の質感や色合いから伝わってきた、その布の持つ時を経た重みを感じ取るうちに、国をしょって立つ役割を負い辿ってきたであろうその布の、個としての歴史に光をあてたいと願うようになり制作に至った。

国旗を素材として加工することにより、その国ないし国を愛する感情を侮辱する、または政治的な発言をする意図は全くない。
あえていうならば、『国旗』を感じさせない作品に仕上げることで、社会において与えられた役割から距離を置き、素材の固の独自性をとらえ美術的に表現することが当方の目指すところである。

Bikini Top with tattered edges

From top:
Flag Bag – detail (2006)
Flag Bag with fringed strap (2006)
Bikini Top with tattered edges (2003)
Bikini Top with tattered edges, detail.