Bloated Flags is a collection of stuffed, swollen versions of the American flag using a variety of flamboyant fabrics.  With these sculptural pieces, I am interested in the flag as a symbol with a variety of representations and swaying definitions of pride and shame.

“In the run up and wake of the 2016 election, the United States came full cycle with its reality television dreams based on opulence over substance, quick quips easy to quote and a lust for drama over authenticity. These flags by Natalie Baxter illustrate this coming to terms with a change in pace by sharing what our nation’s flag may feel like it’s become, bloated, flashy and familiar in shape alone.”

- Betsy Greer, author of Craftivism