charcoal and pencil on paper
2011 stephen bauman
*What can I say about Joakim Ericsson... He is a human being of the absolutely highest quality. I was terrified of him when I started at the Florence Academy of Art. He was explicit during critiques... I thought he didn't like me, like really didn't like me. I will not relate any particular stories here but suffice to say I had what I considered to be very good reasons.
All of this to say, I didn't know him AT ALL. When Cornelia and I moved to Sweden to teach in the Mölndal branch of the F.A.A. I finally spent some time with him one on one. We talked, drank beers, played a game or two of Axis and Allies, and I came to find out that I had been as wrong about him as I have ever been about a person, ever. So, Joakim Ericsson, one hell of a nice guy.