US Flag (Thoughts & Prayers)
Jason J Noble, 2017.
Mixed media and acrylic on canvas.
24”x36”. The American Flag – the symbol of our great nation – is turned into a monument of grief for the tens of thousands of lives taken every year by gun violence. My painting, US Flag (Thoughts & Prayers), one in a series of re-imagined US flags was created in 2016-2018 -- this one as a response to the unbearable frustration that is the gun violence epidemic. The stars are NRA approved shooting targets and the stripes are filled with hundreds of names of American dead. The selection of names was both intentional and arbitrary – an endless supply of victims to be culled on the Internet – some specific (school shootings, Black Lives Matter martyrs) and some random (Baltimore gun murders over a few months). As I was painting the names one Sunday, the Sutherland Springs Church shooting occurred, news alerts popping up. A tragic irony as I continued documenting lives lost to gun violence.
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