Our innate ability to review our faults in order to prevent future mistakes is invaluable, yet so often these former follies are disregarded. With my work I explore my personal connection with the physical and social world in which I exist. I employ imagery from the past in order to form an understanding of the present, combining elements that assume both the rise and fall of hierarchies within a society. The sense of an impending societal collapse is produced by the satirical decal imagery often depicting peoples, animals, or resources that were destroyed in our path of consumption; exemplifying the lack of understanding from our past mistakes.
— Mitchell Spain
There is the moral of all human tales:
‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past,
First Freedom, and then Glory—when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption—barbarism at last.
And History, with all her volumes vast, Hath but ONE page.
– Lord Byron