RESILIENCE UNFURLED, Collage on canvas 63 x 35 in (160 x 90 cms) 2020 

"Resilience Unfurled," seeks to encapsulate the essence of the United States, celebrating the indomitable spirit and willpower of its people through a convergence of iconic symbols and words that have shaped the nation's identity.

Several times in this artwork, you will find the familiar stars and stripes of the U.S. flag, embodying the enduring ideals of freedom, democracy, and unity. It represents a tapestry of history, a visual narrative of the American experience. All of them are rendered in the 15-star, 15-stripe pattern, as authorized by the 1794 Flag Act, a testament to the nation's expansion and adaptation over time.

As part of this flag there are fragments of the handwritten lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner," penned by Francis Scott Key during the pivotal moment when he witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814. This passage serves as a reminder of the resilience and determination that have been at the core of the American story. It captures the spirit of perseverance in the face of adversity.

Among the thousands of collages, we find parts of one of the first staves with the music of the historic hymn, a musical notation that symbolizes the harmonious search for a shared American dream. Music, like the flag, unites people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs. It underlines the powerful and uplifting role that art and culture play in shaping the nation.

Scattered throughout the collage are hundreds of quotes referring to the American people and their unwavering willpower. These quotes represent the voices of those who have contributed to the tapestry of American history, from the Founding Fathers to civil rights activists, from immigrants seeking a better life to veterans defending the nation. Together, they create a chorus of voices that echo the enduring spirit of the American people.

"Resilience Unfurled" serves as a visual testament to the ideals, history, and dreams that define the United States. It is a celebration of the strength and determination that have propelled the nation forward and continues to shape its future. The collage embodies the unwavering belief in the American people and their capacity to overcome challenges, united under the same flag that has waved through history's most defining moments.