TPL: Alan please tell us the full story behind your series AUSFLAG. What is it about? When did the project begin, and how did the idea for it start? Is it an ongoing series? What do you want the viewer to experience when they look at this series?
AT: This series was not planned, it just seemed to evolve from my observations from around 2016 and is ongoing. The series for me is a question. When I was a child we would salute the flag and pledge allegiance to the Queen at school assembly. The flag had a certain symbolism.
Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I saw our country change from largely a British influenced culture to a more independent and outward looking one. The way we use our flag appears to have also changed, and has even become a commercial product. When January 26th approaches, we see variations of the Australian flag plastered all over the merchandise of towels, hats, T-shirts, beer stubbies, thongs, and much much more.
So I question myself and our society as to whether the way we use the symbolism of our flag says something about the way we have changed as a nation and who we are.