Ellen Nielsen is an interdisciplinary artist investigating femininity, artificial nature, and kitsch though video, performance, sculpture and photography. She received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008 and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Seeking to disrupt traditional hierarchies of tone and genre, Nielsen employs humor, spectacle, and beauty as a decoy for feminist political content. In many of her projects, conventional symbols of sentimental femininity, such as flowers, beauty supplies, and craft store decorations, take on a vaguely sinister and aggressive presence. Combining saccharine and synthetic elements with botanical, animal, and anatomical forms, Nielsen’s work pokes fun at both the naturalization of femininity and the feminization of nature. She lives and works in Chicago.