Nissa Nishikawa works with performance, ceramics, painting, glass, and film. Her practice interprets traditional forms of dance, ritual and craft in ways that illuminate the current crisis in ecology and community. She engages with alchemical and animistic practices through the use of elemental base materials, forging processes of transformation that are intuitively informed by a close observation of the intelligence of nature and the non-human as systems of navigation. This ongoing fascination extends to the embodied principles of movement while bringing together many disciplines in one space.
She studied Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Stage Arts at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and holds an MA in Performance from Goldsmiths College. Experiences stemming from time with Min Tanaka, Steve Paxton, Anna Halprin and dervish turning of the Mevlevi tradition are paramount to her practice. Recent workshops have been held at the Architectural Association (London), Camden Arts Centre (London) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London).