about the artist
As someone who has moved over 20 times, I’m interested in how a sense of place is stored in the body. This work takes the form of collaged wall installations, drawings, and sculptures.
My practice is one of accumulated improvisation. I collect materials, shapes, gestures and textures from outings and return to the studio to reprocess. Riffing on what I’ve collected, I build content layer by layer in time-constrained sessions. This process allows subconscious flotsam to bubble up as my body explores memories and materials, generating a new place from the fragments of others.
Nelson holds an MBA from Tulane University in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, a BA with distinctions in Visual Art and Art History from Duke University, and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Studio Arts from MICA. She has participated in a range of apprenticeships and skill-shares over the years that are present in her process (welding/carpentry, bookbinding & boxmaking, textile surface design, sign painting, printmaking). Her work experience includes co-founding Book Club Gallery, commercial and art fabrication, developing public art (Giant Puppets, a WolfBat steamboat, murals), teaching artistry, bookbinding, silkscreen publication, and academic editing. She often crosses over into physical practices such as dance performance to inform her drawing.