Michael Barnes My artistic practices is motivated by personal necessity - it is my outlet, my way of expressing my emotions, whether frustration, anxiety, and even joy. My content is driven by social and political elements of the world around me and the universal world as a whole. The work addresses aspects of the absurdity and self-destructive nature of humanity, especially in Capitalistic societies, on its immediate surrounding environment and on the greater world as a whole. I am not an overtly political artist, but rather approach my ideas from a more personalized and subversive angle. I am cynical by nature and while my image are often interpreted as dark, there is nonetheless humor employed, albeit often dark humor.