Cady Noland was born in 1956 in Washington D.C.. She trained at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Noland focuses principally on collage, sculpture and installations, through which she carries out an analysis of symbols, mythologies and the darker, immoral side of American society. In a famous early series, Noland presented the silhouettes of cowboys in aluminium, but with holes in their bodies, thus conceptually undermining this symbol of masculine power. At the end of the 1980s, she examined contemporary society’s unhealthy interest in violence, criminals and brutal crimes. During the same years, she reflected on the symbols and fetishistic objects associated with the idea of virility: thus were born her famous installations made of beer cans. Another recurrent element in Noland’s work is the American flag, which she uses in an ambiguous way: it is often hung without honour, with holes in it or rolled up and hidden among other objects, but never exhibited in glorious celebration of the American nation.