Artist: Dmitri Belenko
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Artist Statement: This piece approaches madness from a perspective of lived experience. It depicts a connection from birth to death; this connections represents the hands of institutions of power, whether religious, social or medical. This narrative runs past the crumbling influence of asylums and other institutions, leading to the modern world, where a spark for change has led to a blaze, masking the struggle of the actual individual. This the piece critically reflects on the influence of social institutions over individual narratives and outcomes.