V: Victory, I Require Assistance
by Todd Freeman
Created to simplify long distance communication at sea, the colorful flags of the NATO system correspond to the 26 letters of the English alphabet. Each flag carries its own meaning or command, but can be used in combination with other flags to convey more detailed instructions. The flag series of Make A Signal serves as allegory and alphabet, pairing traditional nautical flags with drawings of maritime ephemera and sea life.
The abandoned rowboat is trapped in Sargassum, a seaweed plentiful in the doldrums of the equatorial Atlantic where windless seas once stopped ships, or chance of rescue, short.