Nicola Ellis is interested in studying complex ecosystems and environments, in order to understand how their internal workings interact to function as a ‘whole’. Recent works include sculptures, drawings, photography, video and data visualization. These are the outcomes of observing, documenting and subverting the intended function(s) of processes and communications within manufacturing and scientific research organisations. The works are reflective of relationships between people, materials and processes, and often contribute something back to that triangular dynamic. This might be in the form of disrupting an established process, by presenting an existing quality of an object or infrastructure in a different way, or by carving out a new way of operating – as an artist and an outsider - directly within a non-art context. Works can be produced at any point in the timeline of a placement, rather than functioning as a ‘final outcome’ or full stop.