My American Flag
Elisa Ortega Montilla My American Flag
Elisa Ortega Montilla My American Flag
Elisa Ortega Montilla My American Flag
Elisa Ortega Montilla My American Flag

In My American Flag, I address my new experience of being “an American” after becoming a citizen in March 2018. The wooden boxes are suggestions of social and institutional categories and structures, and the cultural expectations projected into immigrants. The blue and red strips, made out of second-hand bed sheets, represents my own idea of what being an American means. The lines and shapes have a fluid and organic movement that escapes the boxes, spreading as a virus or a fungus, coming in and out of them as a metaphor for the constantly evolving experience that comes from existing between two cultures.  

Sisyphean Justice: Sanity for Sale. 
Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara
(January - March 2019)