WHAT IS HER FLAG: In 2020, women will have been voting in the United States for 100 years, thanks to the passing of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It took 36 states to ratify the amendment giving women the vote. In 2019, I will begin a 17 separate trip, 14 month journey traveling in order of ratification to all 36 states that gave women the right to vote, to collaborate with a women artist in each state. Together we will reimagine our nations flag. This new flag will have 36 stripes, one for each of the ratifying states.
Each artist will publicly hand me the stripe representing her state and I will sew it onto the flag in her capital city. The public will be invited to witness this performance and take a moment to remember this important anniversary in American history. The flag will be HUGE 18’ x 28’.
The flag will be completed in August of 2020.
This project is about moving forward. This project is not about Democrats or Republicans. It is about Americans and celebrating an important anniversary in our history and how we can encourage more women to be involved in our democracy. The year 2020 will be a presidential election year. It is sure to be a tough year full of negative politics. I hope that all who participate or witness this project will have a respite from the political mayhem that is sure to be swirling around us in 2020. The journey and the completed flag are a thank you and a visual love letter to the states that gave women the right to vote.
WHY AM I MAKING HER FLAG: My family has been in the United States since its inception. I can track family back to the revolutionary war. My Charles Hayes, gave food and supplies to his fellow Americans fighting for independence, my great great great grandmother Jesse Hayes was an early member of The Daughters of the Revolution. Two family members fought for the Union during the Civil War and were captured and held in Confederate prisons. I also had family that came West and settled in Oklahoma in the 19thcentury. I have a family legacy that has actively participated in the American dream since its founding. I want to continue that legacy of service through my art making, by honoring the 100thanniversary of the 19thamendment that gave women the right to vote.
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