The artist has applied the United Nations – some 196 countries – to the surface of the brain. Each flag has been hand-painted and where necessary, a hand-cut print of a country's emblem adhered.
Memory and identity are made evident with the entanglement of our world community. The colour of our streamers inhabits our collective blue marble while revealing whole regions that have lost remembrance, incompleteness and cognition.
Stephen Cruise was born in Montreal and now lives and works in Willowdale, Ontario.
He was a founding member of a space gallery in Toronto in the early 1970s, and has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.
His public art commissions include “Memoria Address” in Fredericton, N.B.; “gathering of a same time” at Metro Place in Downsview, Toronto; “Familia” at H.E. Kennedy Memorial Park in Port Credit, Ontario; and “indigena domain” at City Hall in Cambridge, Ontario.
His earlier works include “stoneWay” at The Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto.