Weathering the Storm: Trauma Beneath the Surface, by Nick Mansfield


  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza 141 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA, 92101 United States

The San Diego Art Institute is pleased to present “Weathering the Storm: Trauma Beneath the Surface”, a solo project by Nick Mansfield at SDAI Project Space in Horton Plaza. The opening reception will take place at the SDAI Project Space, 141 Horton Plaza, on Friday, February 10 from 6pm-8pm. The exhibition will be open Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm-5pm and will run until Sunday, March 5.

Eight percent of Americans are currently living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a phrase that often conjures thoughts of soldiers battling their own minds. However, more than eight percent of Americans currently suffer from PTSD, with women twice as likely as men to be afflicted. For this installation, Nick Mansfield has created an environment where sensory inputs produce the same kinds of emotions, anxiety, heightened sensitivity, and general stress that is felt by those living with PTSD, offering the viewer a unique look into a world often unexplored and misunderstood by the general public, raising awareness of what the world behind the curtain of PTSD looks and feels like.


About Nick Mansfield:

One word can be used to describe Nick Mansfield’s work: Big. His photographic, installation, and scenic works are as big in ideas as they are in scale and detail. Often focusing on sociopolitical issues that face the American people today, Nick’s work offers t he participant a moment of reflection into worlds they may not give much though to otherwise. With a scientist’s devotion to elegance he admits that it is a top priority. “I have always thought that elegance in thought comes from the ability to show simplicity in the complex and complexity in the simple”. Whether through photography, installation, or design, the social works of Nick Mansfield are always a cause for pause—a quiet reflection of who we are and how we see the world around us.

This project is sponsored, in part, by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture