Sylvia Nickerson is a creator of comics, illustrations and installations that represent her interest in gender, capitalism, religion, identity and social value. She shares her work in art exhibitions, printed books and digital media. She has illustrated for Canadian and international clients and studied history and philosophy of science at University of Toronto. Creation: The first three chapters (2017) and All We Have Left Is This (2018) are her two graphic novels.
In the graphic novel project, Creation, a new mother struggles to protect her child in a world damaged by pollution, urban decay, violence and neglect. Watching the poor and homeless get missing and murdered off the streets of her city, the narrator observes sinister forces at work behind the trendy downtown living promoted by local developers and politicians. The undersides of capitalism and parenthood are explored in this story about an artist, her son, a homeless man, the murder victim Nancy and the city district of Beasley where death, motherhood, pollution, poverty and violence are all interconnected.
Femininity and female power are celebrated in the graphic short story collection All We Have Left Is This (2018), where the feminine space of daughterhood, marriage, motherhood, desire, religion, misogyny, loneliness and aging are explored and deconstructed.