Ruth Nickerson (born Jennie Ruth Nickerson Graecen) was a WPA artist, sculptor, art educator and teacher. She preferred to work in stone and carved directly into her materials. Her signature works were larger-than-life religious figures, but also created the occasional political figure as well.

AXIOM ONE states in the simplest sculptural terms the fact that all men evolve from the same elemental forces. This is symbolized by the abstracted female forms of the central figure from which highly simplified heads of four of the races of man are emerging. Each race has its own characteristics and its own direction differing from the others but solidly bound together by their common origin. The quotation from the writings of Confucious, “Within The Four Seas, All Men Are Brothers” was the stimulus for creating the sculpture, AXIOM ONE.