Alex Nichols, born in San Francisco, is a USA-based interdisciplinary artist whose work aims to bear witness to her life and decisions. With a disarming physicality, rigor, and humor, she wields language, performance, video, photography, painting, and installation to gain voice, meeting the resistance of her external contexts as well as her internal psychological landscape playfully.
Her current work combines installation, performance, and collaboration with sound artists in the form of a Pink Box hung in the redwood trees. Alex performs a woman’s passage from grief to self-empowerment in the contained space of a suspended pink Box. Pink represents joy yet carries a long history involving rigid forms of femininity. The box represents the societal boxes and preconditioned thinking of our histories that limit our actions. The redwood forest represents time and the external environment, and the interconnectedness to all things. Video and photography are also used.
Alex has exhibited and performed locally and internationally, working with renowned institutions, including the 18th Street Art Center in Los Angeles, Headlands Center For The Arts, Djerassi, Bamboo Curtain Studios in Taipei, SF Recology in San Francisco, and Minnesota Street Projects. She has also exhibited widely, participating in Art fairs, including ZONA MACO, Mexico City, MACO Museum of Contemporary art Oaxaca, and Art Miami. She holds a graduate writing degree from the California College of Arts.
Alex Nichols also worked in a full-time collaboration from 2015-2021 ALEXANDMUSHI: An artists collaboration b/w Alex Nichols & Mushi Wooseong James examining humanity’s central theme: connection.
Alex Nichols founded the San Francisco Think Make Tank in 2015—2019. THINK MAKE TANK is an art tank, an artist collective, a lab, for creating experiences — The tank’s aim is to transform any idea or concept into an accessible experience. Our goal is to incite dialogue and conversation around how we perceive the world. To build a community and think tank for artists recognizing that ‘Making is Thinking.’ Core team Alex Nichols, Mushi Wooseong James, Jorge Bachman, and Magali Charbit.