Melissa Vandenberg's project 'Middeland' focuses on American identity, specifically in central US states which are pressured from the West, East and South culturally.
Her work echoes that of American artist Jasper Johns who's most famous collection of works 'Flag' uses the same concept, challenging the concept of American identity through recreating the American flag. Johns was an openly homosexual man at a time where gay men were extremely discriminated against in America. He, an unconventional image of an American man, recreated the American flag, a conventional image representing American ideology.
|Jasper Johns - 'Flag' (1954-5)|
|Melissa Vandenberg - Middleland project|