Memorial Bouquet

backlit pigment print, acrylic, LED, steel, automotive paint, rubber; 60 x 36 inches (152.4 x 14.17 cm), 2016

Temporary installation in the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building; a proposal for a permanent stained glass installation to memorialize civilian populations impacted by U.S. military interventions. Created in response to a series of existing stained glass windows that glorify war through troubling imagery.

Each flower in the arrangement is chosen for its symbolic relationship to nations that have been sites of US military operations and conflicts. The composition appropriates a variety of sources including Dutch and Flemish paintings, stock photography, botanical illustrations, and images distributed through social media.

Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries for Not Alone: Exploring Bonds Between and With Members of the Armed Forces