Jackie Nickerson is an American born British artist who lives and works between London and rural Ireland.
She has been successful in a variety of photographic disciplines. Field Test is her fourth artist’s book and yet another expansion of her long-term interest in the interaction between humankind and the environment.
Previous books: Farm (Jonathan Cape, 2002); Faith (SteidlMACK, 2008); Terrain (TF Editores, 2013).
Publisher: Kerber Verlag
Nickerson’s artistic approach is characterized by pictorial alienation. For Field Test, she separates people from their gender, age, social status, or personality traits and envelops them in materials such as nets, knots, cartons, or plastics. These primarily functional materials serve as the starting point for an exploration of their meaning: do they protect individuals or isolate them? Reconstruct or dissect them? Shield or destroy them? The various plastics in particular metaphorically embody things that external influences may also be capable of—they are omnipresent, seductive, adaptable, and extremely useful, but also insidious, destructive, and damaging to the environment.
Nickerson’s sculptures play with the history of our generation’s consciousness. The artist visualizes collective trauma in an age of constant optimization and the danger of suffocating the individual. Disturbing and uncomfortable, her works are like the images of an inevitable future whose harbingers are already coming to us.
By The Way
The Barrel by Aldous Harding, from her album Designer (4AD/Flying Nun, 2019). Link
Book Specs: Design by Kevin Gurry; 24 × 30 cm; 104 Pages; 130 colored illustrations; Hardcover, with dust jacket; Languages: English; ISBN 978-3-7356-0734-8.