The Mind of God at Beacon Gallery

by | Aug 19, 2021 | Blog post

Beacon Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of artist Fern Nesson, Mind of God, closing August 22nd 2021.

Mind of God brings together a collection of Nesson’s recent work which presents the artist’s exploration of the parallels between abstract photography and mathematics. The title is drawn from Johannes Kepler’s 1611 quotation, “Authentic mathematical forms exist in the mind of God and share his eternity.”

Capturing moments of transcendence, Nesson seeks not to “do” math but to elucidate its central ideas and to speculate about its origins and meaning. She describes her work: “In my images, I aim to complement the beauty of mathematical thought with non-representational images relating to the cosmos and our understanding and experience of it.”   

Nesson’s work as a photographer and video artist showcase her quest to capture the moment when mass becomes energy. Her starkly contrasted images draw attention to the power of the infinite. At the intersection of science, spirituality, and art, Nesson’s work engages the viewer in a discussion of the greater hypotheses of time, energy, and reality. Her images seek to answer questions surrounding the notion of something greater. Nesson explains, “we know ourselves to be infinite, inextricably a part of the universe.” 

Nesson believes that both photography and mathematics offer a path to deeper understanding of our place in the universe. Through photographs, long and short video installations as well as her written musings on mathematical concepts, the artist has created a show uniquely her own. Elegant and beautiful, Nesson’s work and ideas merit contemplation, all possible in her solo exhibition. 

Please join Fern Nesson’s at Beacon Gallery on August 22nd 10:00am for an Artist’s talk. The event will feature a conversation between Fern Nesson and Beacon Gallery owner Christine O’Donnell, a virtual tour of the exhibition, and a chance to ask the artist questions. It will last 45-60 minutes.

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For more information about the gallery please visit

Fern Nesson, Traces of the Past; Hints of the Future, 2021