Mood Ring: Sketches for a New Flag

By November 30, 2020

Sketches for a New Flag calls for us to reconsider what patriotism can look like for Black Americans, outside of stars and stripes or red, white, and blue. The African American flag by David Hammons is a widely known symbol, and it resonates with me personally. However, adding the Pan-African colors to the American flag isn’t enough for me. In my Sketches for a New Flag, I used The Black American Heritage Flag by Melvin Charles and Gleason T. Jackson and the Harvey African American flag by Tonya and David Harvey as my launching point.

The construction of the flags continues the lineage of Black Americans working in collage and assemblage. Though collage was not coined by Black Americans, it is a form of artistic production that we have truly adopted and made our own. Each flag is an opportunity to rethink the icons and symbols that represent us. Each new flag is a renewed sense of pride.

— Caleb Jamel Brown


Applications open for Burnaway's 2021 Art writing Incubator
Caleb Jamel Brown, Sketches for a New Flag 1, 2020.
Caleb Jamel Brown, Sketches for a New Flag 2, 2020.
A collaboration between artists Caleb Jamel Brown and Crai.
Caleb Jamel Brown, Sketches for a New Flag 3, 2020.
Georgia Museum of Art: Extra Ordinary, American Realism open Feb 27 - June 13
Caleb Jamel Brown, Sketches for a New Flag 4, 2020.
Caleb Jamel Brown, Sketches for a New Flag 5, 2020.

Funding for Mood Ring is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.
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