These flags were created when we were living in New Zealand around the
time of their 150th “anniversary,” the anniversary of European
settlement and dominance over the aboriginal settlers, the Maoris.
Inspired by the non-representational environmental earthworks of Andy Goldsworthy,
I sought to take his vocabulary into the arena of representation and meaning. Flags
are a symbol of sovereignty and these flags made out of such impermanent material
seemed to make a point on the fleeting nature of sovereignty.
Just as these flags are gone, so too are the flags of the Soviet Union and the
Roman and British empires.