Edson's Flag

  • Marie Watt, Edson's Flag, 2004, American flag (from U.S. military burial) with wool blankets, satin, and thread, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Driek and Michael Zirinsky in honor of Jane Beebe and Spencer Beebe, 2015.28.7, © 2004, Marie K. Watt

Exhibition Label

Watt created this piece to honor veterans; in particular, her great-uncle Edson Plummer, who served in the Air Force during World War II. The stars and stripes of his funeral flag are visible behind an array of blankets, which in Watt's hands represent everyday objects carrying both extraordinary histories and intimate memories. Like many of the artist's stitched wall pieces, the work evokes pop art, abstract expressionism, and the visual traditions of Native American communities, including her own tribe, the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Title
Edson's Flag
Artist
Date
2004
Location
Dimensions
130 × 84 in. (330.2 × 213.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Driek and Michael Zirinsky in honor of Jane Beebe and Spencer Beebe

Mediums Description
American flag (from U.S. military burial) with wool blankets, satin, and thread
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – other – flag
Object Number
2015.28.7
Palette
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