As nationalism has re-emerged in our world, the importance of caring for those beyond the isolating identities that are imposed by nation-states has become profoundly evident. The abstract paintings of the Forgotten Flags series are acknowledgements of the caring and courage that are not bound by borders and which allow our social world to survive. These paintings can be seen as emblems that are as valid as any national flag that serves to divide.
“Don’t forget the endless caring that supports our world,” the Dalai Lama once taught. “Remember please the mouths that are filled, the bodies that are washed, the compassion that constantly happens even among animals as they nurture their young. It sustains our world,” he said, asking us to recall the selfless bravery that people demonstrate in the face of emergency. Following this call, Forgotten Flags honours the people who are unsung, forgotten by history. Their names may be unknown to us, yet they leave a profound legacy of great benefit. Each painting is a flag or banner in acknowledgement of their contributions.