Artists Conversation- Nicholas Borgo

Nicholas Borgo is a BFA Ceramics major at Cal State Long Beach. For his art, he is “interested in the relationship between deteriorating memory and the permanence of the photograph and that connection with both the fragility and strength that is found in the ceramic object.”

The exhibit contains cement blocks with painted images of people, objects or nature. Between the cement blocks are pieces of heavy duty wire that runs through the cement.

Nicholas explains how he “aims to capture an old feeling or weathered photograph that references the past.” He enjoys using the imagery of clothing because it “is meant to lead thoughts on multiple personalities, emotions, faces or masks that one would wear through the day as well as representing our fragmented vision of the past.”

For me, I fell in love with this exhibit because those are images I remember from my childhood. Also, I have noticed that 90’s aesthetic is coming back into fashion, style, and culture which made these images both nostalgic and trendy now. I also love when people pull inspiration from their childhood because it makes me reflect on my own.


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