Nicole Shaffer lives and works in Oakland and so did their grandma. She is a multidisciplinary artist specializing in site-oriented installations that heighten embodied awareness by intentionally altering the ways bodies move through space. Nicole creates work that is built and activated in sites significant to their personal history and subsequently has shown installations in a variety of non-traditional private and public spaces throughout the Bay Area including an abandoned cult commune in the Sierras, her father's home in the days leading to his eviction, and a fabricated private beach for their mom beside the port of Oakland. Their work has been exhibited at local galleries including Southern Exposure, Wolfman Books, Krowswork, and New Langton, and they are co-founder of the alternative residency space, The Hatchery. Nicole is a current MFA candidate at San Francisco State University.