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 Puppetsa WolfBat steamboatmurals), teaching artistry, bookbinding, silkscreen publication, and academic editing.  She often crosses over into physical practices such as dance performance to inform her drawing.


2015 Exhibition "Place/Process" with Andrea Krupp 
Philadelphia Free Library, Print and Picture Collection