Not Seeing is a Flower

2017-18, ink on adhesive polyester mounted on glass. 4.7 x 39 ft

︎ San Diego International Airport Arts Program

Site-specific installation created in response to the “Muslim Ban” – a series of executive orders that banned nationals from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, including refugees fleeing genocide.

Given the limitations imposed on public art, and the difficulty to gain approval to display overtly political messages, the project turned to floriography, historically used as a coded form of communication. Each flower in the composition has a relationship to countries affected by the travel bans, including official national flowers, ceremonial bouquets, native plants and images appropriated from Colonial-era postage stamps.

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