This piece was created as my response to the Occupy Wall Street movement. The main criticism of this movement was that lacked a identifiable target for the outrage and protest which was gathering in the streets across the United States and the world. To me, the movement was aiming to bring attention to the way democracies around the world have increasingly become not a “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” but instead are controlled by the influence of the rich and powerful.
The figure in this piece references the elephant and donkey mascots of the Democratic and Republican political parties. However, I feel the distinction between these parties and what they once represented has become so blurred that they may as well be one beast. Controlling the beast from high above is the aristocrat who has a hand in every important issue: security, lobbying, healthcare, the media, the financial system, and taxes.
Control Over the Politico Beast was chosen as a finalist for the 2012 Bullseye Emerge contest and was shown in the Bullseye gallery in Portland, OR.
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