Edson’s Flag

Media - 2015.28.7 - SAAM-2015.28.7_1 - 119634
Copied 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

Artwork Details

Title
Edson’s Flag
Artist
Date
2004
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
130 × 84 in. (330.2 × 213.4 cm)
Copyright
© 2004, Marie K. Watt
Credit Line
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

Artwork Description

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

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Media - 2016.11 - SAAM-2016.11_6 - 124929
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery
November 13, 2015March 6, 2022
Connections is the Renwick Gallery’s dynamic ongoing permanent collection presentation, featuring more than 80 objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world. The installation includes iconic favorites alongside new acquisitions.