Grace Nielson is interested in constructions of masculine identity, and most recently in how that connects to physical expression and movement. She’s especially interested movement that takes place in public arenas and performative spaces, and aims to connect these moments with broader mythologies describing masculinity.
Her personal relationship to movement is a complicated one: she was a dance major at UCLA before transferring to the art department and earning a B.A. in Art, and in 2015 an illness substantially immobilized her for about 4 years. That experience only deepened her interest in the body and the closed system it creates; the inherent limitations in which a body can perform offers clues to the social, physical, and political conditions it’s placed within.