wood border

demockracy (2015)

In light of the recent political occurrences in New Zealand and globally, together with a growing public outcry, I have been reflecting on power; its use, abuse and loss – both personal and collective.

We seem to be living in a moment where corporate culture holds the power to dictate and control our politics, societies, and erode our freedoms.

Earlier work has primarily been about the ecological divide  the perceived disconnect between the self from nature. These latest pieces address the social divide  the disconnect between self and  other. The individual's needs and desires become subsumed when confronted with institutional power resulting in potential and real disenfranchisement and loss of rights. 

As protest pieces, these works are both mourning this loss but are also a step towards reclaiming some of that power. 

“We are living in a time when the great potential of many brilliant individuals is suppressed. Our people are stricken with disease, war, famine, and suffering on a level that rivals anything in our historical path.

All of our true geniuses who develop the means for holistic health and a global abundance of food are persecuted, ridiculed, restrained and controlled by rampant corporate greed.

However, as always, the greater the suppression, the greater the resulting explosion... We live in a time of great cataclysm, a time of an explosive upheaval in consciousness.” 

- Michael J. Roads