Artist Talk and Reception: Thursday, August 23 from 5pm to 7pm
Terence Nicholson is a native Washingtonian who grew up in Anacostia and far Southwest DC.
HOME is a body of work which fuses his reflections of growing up in SE Washington DC with his feelings of the ever changing face of present-day Washington.
Nicholson uses found objects, light, mixed media and ephemera to capture what he says cannot always be put in words. His work commands space, which may be metaphorical in and of itself, given the palpable feeling of impending relocation that so many SE residents express.
“HOME is about the spectrum of life, and it’s sometimes beautiful ugliness,” Nicholson says. His travels abroad combined with his longtime DC roots come to intersecting points in pieces like “Daisy Cutter (Dreamsicle Cemetery),” which uses half-eaten replicas of Dreamsicles as tombstones for children slain by stray bullets in DC and drone strikes in Palestine and Afghanistan.
“Mother Figure” glows with a hopefulness that speaks of the times Nicholson and his mother weathered adversity in a single parent home.
The exhibition is up until September 30th and open to the public for free at THEARC in Southeast DC.
THEARC is located at 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE.