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Brad Nelson received his MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2006.
After moving from Boston to the Northern Arizonian desert, he became intrigued by our perception of space. He observed, for example, that mountains casting shadows on the desert floor may seem within walking distance, when in fact they are miles away.
Nelson is also interested in ancient belief systems and their persisting influence on us. ‘When we think about shadows cast by ideologies today, they are more substantial and influential than mountains in the distance,’ he says.
Even Mountains Cast Shadows, his latest series, explores the subjectivity of space, both temporal and spatial, and how constructed belief systems, if removed from their origins, become natural.