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As a child, I was always interested in flags and the countries they represented. In college as a double major in studio art and political science, I studied the governments and politics of these same countries with an eye toward a career as a political cartoonist. My preferred art medium evolved over the years from woodcuts, pen and ink, and cartoons to photography and mosaics today. My preferred subjects continue to include politics, nature, and cities and their people. This piece presents my perception of the current state of American politics with the tear in the flag representing the divisions. However, I am hopeful that the divisions may be bridged, symbolized by the zipper inserted in the tear.