George Mason University, College of Visual & Performing Arts
About Sisc Johnson
Raised in and out of the foster care system in East Tennessee, Sisc Johnson uses photography to reflect on her own past as well as on the hardships of others. Her work documents social inequalities of individuals who are overlooked, silenced, or stigmatized.
In past work, Johnson has photographed undocumented people in her community, family members suffering from substance abuse, and people within rural farm communities in an effort to seek meaningful dialogue surrounding social inequality.
Sisc Johnson spent the majority of her childhood living in East Tennessee. She moved to northern Virginia around 1985. For the past 32 years Johnson has lived in Woodbridge, Virginia with her husband, Ben..
Johnson began photographing her family after the birth of her daughter, Kristina. Her interest in photography grew tremendously after she completed her first photography class at George Mason University, where she is currently enrolled in their BFA program.
In 2019, Johnson received a scholarship from The Humid, GA, and has exhibited her work at Praxis Gallery & Photographic Arts Center in MN. In 2020, she served as Sue Wrbican’s assistant, photographing the transport and installation of her sculpture, Buoyant Force. Buoyant Force is a 50-foot steel sculpture created by Wrbican and inspired by the paintings of American Surrealist Kay Sage. Commissioned by Greater Reston Arts Center, Wrbican’s structure is currently installed at Reston Town Square Park.