I am a video artist working with appropriated and representational imagery to navigate a world that has been digitized, categorized and full of content that is easily available but without context or history.
Michael Rain communicates ideas through written and visual stories. His topic interests include
design and technology and their relationship to culture as well as expanding the perception of
people of color.
In my recent work, I construct tableaux specifically for the camera, staging dead birds and flowers that I collect in the urban areas and parks near my home, to create new forms--referencing J. J. Audubon and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
I combine fragments of politically-charged dialogue with drawing, painting, collage, and digital media in order to critique social, economic, and political systems of domination, and to explore methods for advancing radical social change.
In my work I am exploring traditional arts, and themes as they relate to and fit in with today's
digital, ultra-connected society. My most recent work takes this a step further and relates these
themes to one's sense of self.
Vision + Document = Mission. This equation has been my photographic mantra for 15 years strong
and continues to be through chronicling a strong, noble and vibrant people living in the present for
others to know in the future.