Artists continually, create art celebrating Western Society and Civilization as the epitome of human culture. Art is created that memorializes our environment, landscape and culture in ways that are inconsistent with the truth and evidence of our history. As an artist and creator of culture, I am working to create and promulgate new ideas and practices. I am aware that our social practices are partially formed by the imagery of the visual culture that surrounds us, and as an artist, I work to create a visual language that strives at questioning our understanding of community (the people and the environment that surrounds us), love (the love of oneself and our neighbor), nature (the interconnectedness of all things) and individuality (our understanding of self). My desire to create and develop new cultural and social practices grows from the absence of benevolence and humanitarian values in contemporary western society ideas and practices. This need has given me purpose to create and pursue a career in art despite the evidence and history of my culture, so that I can create works that celebrate life despite the travesty that we, western society, have made of it. This work is to be an inquiry into our way of life, and the reason of my current art making.
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Akins, Ernest. Reawakening [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; January 2014.
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