• Eric Nichols, Sleeping, Archival inkjet print, 2013
  • Eric Nichols, Blinds, Archival inkjet print, 2013
  • Eric Nichols, Toothpaste, Archival inkjet print, 2013
  • Eric Nichols, Curtain Rod, Archival inkjet print, 2013
  • Eric Nichols, Coffee Mug, Archival inkjet print, 2013

Growing up I was always told that when I reached adulthood I would get a full time job, buy a car, a house, and have a family of my own. Things have changed however. People are starting “life” at a later age, we spend longer in school accruing debt, and we put off major life decisions such as buying a home, or getting married. Our generation is laden with debt from our education and complicated by a lack of employment. Full time, stable employment, affordable healthcare, and a retirement plan were once reasonable expectations. However these things are no longer guaranteed. The millennial generation is stuck, delayed in the transition between adolescence and adulthood.

The reality of my adulthood is very different from the expectation I had imagined in my early 20’s. This project is an attempt to cope with the disillusionment. Using my camera I capture the minor imperfections contained in domestic everyday life, high­ lighting the genuine impact the unfulfilled expectations have on the individual psyche and domestic relationships. My lack of resources to improve my situation doesn’t speak to a flaw in my character but to the lack of time, energy, and money that makes having that picture of perfect domestic life unobtainable.

These moments of imperfection show a lack of the ideal domestic life but also create traces of the life I live in the spaces I depict. These moments create a unique self­-portrait, a portrait of the things left unfinished, broken and in semi­-functional states. My work sheds light on the reality that lies just under the surface.

Worcester, MA