Below is a repost of a article about the work ‘Oppressed’ that started the creative whirlwind that became my visionary art collection :-
Oppression is described as the act of keeping a person or peoples down through harsh rule. Sadly for many, they do not have to look outward for their oppressors; they have been oppressed by their own negative ego thought processes from birth. This can become so serious that eventually the ego mentally binds them so that they can no longer function as they were intended.
This self oppression can start in a variety of ways, but usually as a small seed of self doubt brought on by the way you interpret the words or actions of others. A classic example of this may be being bullied at school. This may go on for a relatively short time when compared to the span of a life, but it is without doubt these events that become the soil in which the negative ego can grow. Before you know it your mind is full of doubt, anger, separateness and depression. We allow these disempowering emotions to dwell within us often unquestioned.
It has been said by ‘wise men’ that we create our own reality. This is a bitter pill to swallow indeed: to think that our ‘darkest’ moments of life are created solely by us and our own misguided mind.
I realised that I had spent nearly 35 years of my life stopping myself from being so much more. Sure, I was bullied at school and yes for some time I was a loner. Neither of these things which ended a long time ago has warranted the mental harm I have done to myself since then. I jest not, when I say my ego should receive an Oscar for its mental screen play which it has played in my mind for years. I was convinced, utterly convinced, that this dark oppressed world in my head was the only one that existed.
At the point when I created Oppressed, I was truly lost and at a low ebb. Everything I had tried to do up to that point had failed. I was out of money, out of work and hanging by the thread that my wife’s job was holding us both by. Ok, so we weren’t homeless, but like many we were only a few pay cheques away from being so. I guess that was just one of lifes so what’s, the real problem was we both felt hopeless.
Oppressed by Aric Voss 2006
Oppressed seemed to be echoing my feelings of negativity and lack; just look at this poor abomination being pushed down into a pit by two cage doors. For some reason I wrote the following to describe this image: ‘Fear and Hate will so easily entrap your mind and crush your soul, it’s never too late to break free ’.
How? Thats when the penny dropped, I realised the way I viewed this image was simply one possible perception and in truth I had no clue what the picture meant anymore than i can really understand anything in life, that I label and take for granted. Just as an example I could look at the work from a positive perspective. So this time, I could chose to see a creature breaking free from a pit of despair. A creature in its pupal stage like a holometabolous insect just before its Metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly
This way of looking at the artwork or indeed life did not come naturally to me, but I had to conclude it was no more right or wrong than my original perceptions, for me this was the key that unlocked a whole world of possibilities. Every thought you have about everything is just a perception place there by parents, society or life experience some of them may be correct for you, but few are actually universal truths. If your life is far from what you want it to be maybe it’s time to challenge your perceptions and seek a more life enhancing view, after all what really do you have to loose ?