* about nick crockett *

I am from a former gold mining town in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, and make mostly experimental games and animation. Features include cursed treasures, fake armor, software that relies on people behind curtains, and hardware that runs on masking tape and hope.

My current work is focused on the representation of coal mining in American pop culture and discourse. Inspired by Dickensian fairy tales and American folk songs, it takes the form of a speculative fantasy animation presenting an alternative story of coal, which mingles a history of industry, exploitation, and resistance with myths of forgotten forests, crawling proto-reptiles, chthonic infernos, and a cross-talking aristocracy with reality distorting powers.

I earned my BA in Design | Media Art at the University of California Los Angeles and am pursuing an MFA at the Carnegie Mellon School of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

I am also collaborating on Vietnam Romance with Eddo Stern, Steven Amrhein, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, and Jessica Hutchins.

The best way to reach me is by email: 

Sometimes I also post images of things in progress on instagram.