95 Flags & Counting ,2007 Acrylic on cardboard Dimensions variable $5,000 [50% of sale will be donated to The Merritt Center A retreat center for returning combat soldiers dedicated to individual and group renewal and to release the experience of war, creating the dream of a new life.]
95 Flags & Counting is an ongoing project by Sherrie Medina. Since the beginning of the Iraq War, 95 Arizonan soldiers have died. Medinas work gives form to that loss. Each cardboard block is a meditation on a lost soldiers lifean elegy to the victims of this war. Her flags, unfurled or limply hanging from a pole, are metaphors for the arrested moment of death. The empty blocks remind the viewer of their absence and loss. Whether attached to the side of a house or painted on a moving vehicle, this patriotic symbol is ubiquitous, and as pervasive and omnipresent as the absence of those now deceased.