Process: Hammer-smashed glass shards in mosaic design on wood
The Flag of Japan is a mixed media mosaic design of the flag of Japan. The flag was officially adopted by Japan in August 1999, when the National Flag and Anthem Law was enacted by the Diet (Japan's national assembly). The Japanese flag is made up of a red circle, symbolizing the sun, against a white background. It is known as the hinomaru in Japanese, meaning "circle of the sun."
The Other Side of the Pond
Medium: Paper on wood
Process: Decoupage, diverse paper postcards cut on a diagonal and set on wood.
Is the grass always greener? Maybe not, maybe so. During several years of travels and experiences between Paris and New York between 2004-209, I collected postcards, both antique and current, new and old, each which relays important messages and iconic symbols of the distinct yet similar locations. Whether one values art, culture, travel, landscape, architecture, or experiences, both New York and Paris offer some of the most exciting features. Yet why do the young French move as expats to work in New York? Why do Americans revere Paris as the utmost iconic symbolic location of glamour?
Flag of Jordan.
This flag was created in 2009 when I orchestrated a cross-cultural exchange program with The Madrasati Initiative in Jordan through the United Nations Girls Education Initiative.
The flag symbolizes the Kingdom's roots in the Great Arab Revolt of 1916, as it is adapted from the revolt banner. The black band represents the Arab Abbasid dynasties. The white band represents the Umayyad dynasties. The green band represents the Fatimid dynasties. The crimson triangle joining the bands represents the Hashemite dynasty.
The seven-pointed Islamic Star set in the center of the crimson triangle represents the seven verses of Surat Al-Fatiha, the first sura in the Holy Qura'n.
Beyond Borders: Flag of Hungary.
Medium: recycled glass on wood
Process: discarded shards of glass are hand-smashed with a hammer to create tiny shards mobilized to create a mosaic design. Wood glue and plaster grout secures the design on wood.
Symbolism and Inspiration: The tricolour flag of Hungary was officially adopted on October 12, 1957, after the abortive revolution in 1956. The colours are the same as those found in the traditional coat of arms of Hungary. The white is said to symbolize Hungary's rivers, the green its mountains, and the red the blood shed in its many battles.
Inspiration for this piece came from personal experiences I had with important Hungarian friends during the Financial Crisis.