Not Seeing is a Flower, 2017

ink on adhesive polyester mounted on glass
4.7 x 39 ft


Temporary public art at the San Diego International Airport. Installed shortly after an executive order that banned travel to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries–Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen–and suspended the resettlement of all Syrian refugees.

The site-specific installation employs floriography, a form of cryptographic communication historically used as a means to communicate messages otherwise difficult to speak aloud. Each flower in the composition has a relationship to the countries affected by the travel ban including official national flowers, ceremonial bouquets, native plants and images appropriated from Colonial-era postage stamps.