This body of work is inspired by the black and white checkered race flag. While the flag is an international symbol of racing, in Indianapolis the flag sends a much broader signal, the arrival of spring, tourists, parades, ambient hums of race cars, and thus becomes a more abstract symbol within the city. This became my springboard for a series of black and white abstract drawings. Observing the Indianapolis 500 race flag, a common signifier of the “finish line”, I became fascinated by how much information the flags black and white checkers possess while on an organic billowing form. I decided to make a series of works on paper made with this net tape commonly referred to as drywall “finishing tape”. The paintings have become a body of work that ebbs and flows with changing rules and variations. Most recently I have decided to come full-circle and revisit the original flag inspiration, this time the American Flag.