John Josef Nickerson
Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts Degree
My work is rooted in formalist composition, using the elements of what can be seen to explore the people and possibilities that are not immediately visible. The images are slow and still, often devoid of human form but always filled with evidence to life. There are memories so strong that we cannot name them. That we have reduced the memories of what was to a feeling. When we encounter a smell or a sound or a scene that elicits in us that memory our history comes back to us in a wave of emotion that we may struggle to explain. None the less, a connection is made across time and distance. A deeply personal connection somehow to a place we’ve never been. And in that there is wonder and discovery.