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Fish City Studio is where artist Jon Sarkin develops his work.


Jon Sarkin: Born in Hillside, NJ, 1953

After a brain hemorrhage and a stroke that nearly killed him, the once-shy ambitious chiropractor awoke with an effusive, unfocused need to create. He was a different man in body-deaf in one ear, his vision splintered, his balance permanently skewed-and in mind.

Jon’s work lacks complete inhibitions as he creates vigorously almost to the point of obsession/compulsive. His brain constantly tries to make sense of the world, and he constantly tries to make sense of his brain’s failure-through colors and images and words. He cannot stop; he does not want to stop. In fact, he is afraid to stop. Jon has been referred to as the, “Accidental Artist.” He needs to create, put it all down on paper; it’s his engine, his purpose in life.

I had worked on the outside of the building a year ago. That is when I met Jon for the first time. I saw the shot I wanted to get. The challenge I had was the lighting was so poor. I was fascinated with the environment Jon felt comfortable creating in. I liked how his work surrounded him, The portraits seemed to speak to him or look at him as he works. In the foreground on the floor you can see his cane. In order to show so much of this room I brought my step ladder and climbed to the top. My camera was hand held near the ceiling.

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