Nicole Shaffer is a Bay Area interdisciplinary visual artist with a focus on research-based installations. Their work offers space for poetic and phenomenal understanding while centering the nuance and beauty of non-normative and divergent temporalities and embodiments. By reconfiguring visual language from local archives and passed down craft techniques, Shaffer reclaims access to a sense of lineage and belonging historically denied to queer, gender variant, and mad lives.
Shaffer’s work has been exhibited at local galleries including Southern Exposure, SOMArts, 500 Capp Street, 41 Ross, and Root Division. They are a Graduate Fellow at Headlands Center for the Arts, a distinguished graduate of their 2022 class at San Francisco State University, and a recipient of the 2019 Murphy Cadogan Award.