Apama Mackey Gallery presents Dahlia Elsayed: "Flag Days" opening reception
"Flag Days" is a new series of paintings that mark metaphysical and psychological states using the familiar forms and iconography of flags. Based on common understanding of flags as symbolic proclamations of territory and identity, Dahlia Elsayed has created a suite of 20 new flags that act as markers for the ambiguous and existential states of the modern world.
Using bright colors and symbols on a rectangular field, the flags convey a range of possible conditions for use: a flag for analog days, a flag for peaking moments, a flag for planning escapes, a flag for silence. Situating experiential states as equivalent to physical states, the flags suggest connections between transcendent and territorial spaces, and, as symbolic devices that use vexillography (flag design) to communicate quietly in a noisy world.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through August 19.