Artist Statement:

What does it mean to be human, to be in context to life as it changes. I begin as an artist, as a woman. I begin in many roles. But what is the act of making? Through art I make worlds, testing possibilities. I make a small object that can be held in your hand, it's just a few words on a piece of paper, it’s images on a reel with light projecting through, it’s an action of falling, but all these things I make are like guides, like maps, directing me.

What I’m trying to see is my own life, which can’t be conceived of in its presence, because it takes time to understand what our actions lead to. So I ask questions, and for every question there is a process.The process of taking the body through the question. If I want to know what the strings that bind me are, I gather the strings and bind myself. I look for a physical way of moving through the question. The evidence, the witness, is a video, photograph, novel, journal, performance, drawing, a set of instructions, a constraint, something that marks time.

Looking at meaning in every object, every movement, every interaction. There is a memory of an old way of thinking but it’s in the distance, I can’t quite see the shape of it, it's like things I’m forgetting, I've changed. I'm always changing. How can this be documented and understood? I'm challenging social constructs, deconstructing the idea of what we are into what we can be.

My work is an endeavor to express “How I exist” as perceived, narrated, and experienced.

Artist Bio:

What are the implications of not understanding the self?

How can we understand that self?

What are the choices we make and how do they impact us?

Alex Nichols is a conceptual artist who asks, “Can we really know ourselves?” The body is her starting point. By moving her body through art, the questions make themselves known. The body can be a vehicle, a reference point, or a place of active resistance.

Meaning is in every object, every movement, every interaction and Alex observes and enacts those details carefully. Every project begins with a specific question around the self in context to society, culture, womanhood and becomes an action of trying to reveal herself to herself. She is driven by an incessant desire to know why she exists. “Where is the contract I signed to submit myself to the societies rules? Who has the right of way and who must yield? How is my identity challenged and freed in another culture? Who am I?” And in turn, as Alex makes new maps she hopes to help others ask questions and make new maps for themselves. Opening up what is possible.

Alex received her MFA from CCA in Writing and her BA in Performance & Culture. She has participated in residencies, partnering and exhibiting her work throughout the Bay Area and internationally including Djerassi, Headlands Center for the Arts, Recology Artist in Residence Program, Southern Exposure, Berkeley Art Center, Bamboo Curtain Studios Taipei, MOCA Taipei, AAA (American Anthropological Association), Fort Mason Center for Art & Culture and MODERNISM Gallery. Alex has lectured at CCA, UC Berkeley and AIA. With publications in media outlets including: SF Chronicle, SF Weekly, Taipei TV, 7X7, Timeout, Dazed.  


Along with her individual practice Alex has an ongoing collaboration ALEXANDMUSHI and is the founder of the artist collective THINK MAKE TANK.

ALEXANDMUSHI: Collaboration between Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James

(Left Alex Nichols, Right Mushi Wooseong James)

THINK MAKE TANK:  Art tank, art lab, artist collective, building concepts and
and experiences around perception.

Think Make Tank Artist Collective: Founder Alex Nichols (Sound experience lead by Jorge Bachman)


Harper’s Bazaar Singapore. November 22, 2019.

Home and Decor Singapore. November 22, 2019.

All About City Singapore. November 21, 2019.

VoyageLA. September 24, 2019.

Art of the Times. Laura Shirk. Summer Issue, 2019.

AKArt Advisory. April 25, 2019.

7x7. Anna Volpicelli. Apr 1, 2019.

L'ŒIL DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE. January 7, 2019.

Medium. Jean-Philippe Defaut. September 11, 2019.

7x7. Anna Volpicelli. July 24, 2019.

Conduit Magazine. Randall Heath. 2018.

Bamboo Curtain Studio. May 3, 2017.

SF Weekly. Jonathan Curiel. April 26, 2017

MOCA TAIPEI. April 22, 2017.

藝術移動工 TAIPEI TV. Mangrove TV Channel. April 25, 2017.

Wall Street International Magazine. April 5, 2017.

Time Out. Time Out San Francisco Editors. April 4, 2017.

7x7. Anna Volpicelli. April 3, 2017.

SF Chronicle. Sam Whiting. January 3, 2017.

DAZED. Sirin Kale. February 23, 2016.

Wall Street International Art. Sophie Von Bueren. September 8, 2015.

calmaplombprombombalm, poetry online publication. Tom Comitta. 2012.

At A Glance, California College Of the Arts Journal. Lindsay Westbrook. May 9, 2011.

SF Weekly. Heidi De Vries. February 14, 2011.



2020 Artist Residency
Djerassi Resident Artist Program
Woodside, CA
Nov 30 – Dec 20, 2020

Visiting Artist Residency
18th Street Arts Center
Santa Monica, CA
Sep 1 - Oct 1, 2020

Micro Residency
Villa San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Sep 11 - 18, 2020

_____ Days Since I’ve Known You
Exhibit presented by MODERNISM WEST
San Francisco, CA
UPDATE: Postponed until further notice.


ZONAMACO México Arte Contemporáneo
Art Fair
Mexico City, Mexico
February 5 — 9, 2020

Affordable Art Fair Singapore
Exhibit + Portable Studio Special Program
Siger Gallery, Singapore
November 22 —  24, 2019

Pour the Line
Happenings/Anythings curated by re.riddle
San Francisco, CA
Sep 13 — Oct 4, 2019

Miniscule Venice
Group Exhibit curated by Vanya Balogh
Fondamenta Sant-Anna, Venice
May 10 — July 21, 2019

The Body Electric
Group Exhibit curated by re.riddle
San Francisco, CA
April 17 — May 19, 2019

ZONAMACO México Arte Contemporáneo
Art Fair + PS/CC Special Program
Mexico City, Mexico
February 6 10, 2019

Push Me Pull You
Solo Exhibit at Modernism Gallery
San Francisco, CA
Nov 8 — Dec 22, 2018

AIA San Francisco, CA
Aug 23 — Oct 12, 2018

SF Camerawork Annual Juried Exhibition 2018
Juried Exhibit SF Camerawork
San Francisco, CA
Jul 19 — Aug 25, 2018

2017 Artist Residency
Bamboo Curtain Studio Artist Residency Program
Taipei, Taiwan
April 17 — May 1, 2017

Unbuilding Walls
Solo Exhibit at Modernism West/Foreign Cinema
San Francisco, CA
Mar 30 — May 31, 2017

Alexandra Nichols, The Space Between
Solo Exhibit at Modernism West
San Francisco, CA
September 1 — October 17, 2015

Annual juried exhibition at Berkeley Art Center
Berkeley, California
August 24, 2013

Transfer Station
Solo Exhibit at SF Recology Artist Residency
San Francisco, CA
May 2011

Breaking Ranks
Performance at Headlands Center for the Arts
Sausalito, California
February 2011

Feel Tank
Selected by Miranda Mellis at Little City Gardens
San Francisco, California

Alexandra’s Heteronyms
Solo Exhibit at Modernism West Foreign Cinema
San Francisco, California
May 27 — July 31, 2010



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