Not Seeing is a Flower

2017-18, ink on adhesive polyester mounted on glass.Site-specific installation created in response to the travel bans implemented by a series of executive orders, and upheld by the Supreme Court.

︎ San Diego International Airport Arts Program

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, which barred people from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., including refugees fleeing genocide. The composition includes official national flowers, ceremonial bouquets, native plants and images appropriated from Colonial-era postage stamps.

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