Michael Parkinson Artist Statement To express a feeling or experience in such a way that others can take with them a better understanding of different cultures or ideas is to create art. Attempting to create a personal experience into a work of art is an immense endeavor. With ‘evolution revolution underground’ a personal change and enlightenment was gained through the time I spent in the scene, known to most as raves. To express oneself through visual and audible means is to make the experience a tangible entity. Being at a rave is the realization that we assemble together for one common foundation, the music, as a unifying force that crosses all racial and social prejudices to live one night in peace and harmony. This show is a creation that embodies the objects that hold meaning to the raver. Each element symbolizes an event, a special meaning that the raver and only the raver will know. In this body of work, I created an underground fantasy, one night away from the reality of life. This installation is a representation of the scene. The scene is a connection, a sense of coherence with others on a higher plan of perception. It is an escape from mainstream society into a utopian world for a few hours. My show is a creation of a space where love and happiness exist beyond everything else, and is not bounded by the laws or rules found in everyday society. To express the feeling of entering a rave I can only compare to that of reentering the womb. Where one enters from society into a dark underground environment, passing through a long dark hallway into a positive place with a soothing rhythm, and an all-encompassing feeling of peace. With my experience in the scene, I found inspiration and unique kind of beauty within this culture and the people that make up the underground. The creation of ‘evolution revolution underground’ have been a visual and emotional journey into myself and who I am, to let myself be free for one moment to truly experience and live this art, this beauty, for one night that will last for a lifetime. In life an artist experiences reality to create art, our fantasy.