August 2016

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In Nick JS Thompson’s first visit to his grandparents house since his grandfather passed away and his grandmother moved into care, he became aware of the character of the space where once personality had been the focus.

Documented in black and white the images are stripped of their warmth as if something is missing. Without the characters that previously inhabited it, the space itself becomes a gallery for relics that are left behind, and we are given an insight into these characters.

These stark images in a once loving environment show the inability of the artist to reconcile his emotional response to memory and loss.

The scene presented is relatable to anyone who has lost family members, and as such the artist's personal journey becomes a universal experience.

Thompson’s works are known for being strikingly austere, and with this work being his most personal to date the impartiality in which he sees the objects before him is left open to debate.