Margaret Schirmer

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Margaret Schirmer
Various fabrics hand and machine sewn
21 x 30 inches

In the most traditional sense, a flag’s main purpose is to represent something else.  When looking at a flag the viewer makes an immediate connection to what this something is. This instant association causes the flag’s physical qualities to become overlooked.

My goal is to bring the physicality of the flag itself back to the viewer.  This was achieved by quilting a flag composed of scrap fabric and constructed in a random, symbol-less pattern. There are no perceived relationships to anything else with this flag: strictly recognizing its components.  What are the shapes we are looking at?  The materials used? The actual construction of the flag?  These necessary components are what allow for the recognition of any flag’s true intent.