STAR FOR A RED BIRD
by Tony Fitzpatrick
Last year I made a number of "Star" pieces. They were the coda to a body of work I’d made about the great Indian warrior Crazy Horse. I’d always loved using the shapes of stars in my work because they defied so many cultural and artistic borders. Every culture, religion, and government has the shape of a star somewhere in its visual language. In Istanbul -- the Turkish flag is everywhere -- it is a red field with a white crescent moon and a star -- our own flag has 50 stars to designate states -- and on and on.