Nick Fagan

Region: Midwest


My work has largely to do with events occurring in my life and their relationship to cultural issues that affect society. The work has a common narrative that many will understand, but at the same time it is personal. As I work, I look for an overarching experience that people can empathize with and relate to.

The most recent body of work is about suicide. These paintings and sculptures consider the different roles that people play in these personal tragedies. Each work looks at a new facet of the experience, from personally dealing with my own attempted suicide to having friends who were successful at the task. At every turn, I try to express a different view using the various characters and collaged narratives that arise out of each suicide as it unfolds.