Using graphic storytelling Nickerson expresses her specific perspective on fairly ubiquitous topics. The undersides of capitalism and parenthood are explored in Creation, where a new mother must protect her child from a world in which pollution, urban decay, violence and neglect pose constant threats. Femininity and female power are celebrated and deconstructed in All We Have Left Is This, where love and pain occur side by side in the spaces of daughterhood, marriage, motherhood, desire, religion, misogyny, loneliness and aging.
Sylvia Nickerson is a creator of comics, illustrations and installations that represent her interest in gender, capitalism and religion, self-identity and social value. Through exhibitions, printed books and digital media, Sylvia uses her comics to examine representation and belief. From 2015 to 2018 she helped run d.i.y. art space, Casino. Growing up in suburban Oakville, Sylvia lived in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Toronto before moving to Hamilton in 2007. Since residing in Hamilton, she has worked as a freelance illustrator, completed a PhD in history of science, and raises two children with her partner. Creation: The first three chapters (2017) and All We Have Left Is This (2018) are her two graphic novels.