Exploring experiences that undermined parts of her identity, Nugent uses place, memory, and time as her go-to materials. She relies on collected garments and textiles from domestic spaces from thrift stores to write visual narratives. For Nugent, playing with commercial objects and handmade works in her studio has become research. She arranges and documents and her assemblages with plans to never install the same work twice. The limited lifespan of her works has directed her to investigate time-based work such as performance and video. Taking cues from queer feminist theory, Nugent aims to dismantle the hierarchy of her purchased, found, and handmade elements in her works.
In Nugent’s most recent body of work, she experiments with the movements of her own body in relation to large-scale mixed media assemblages. These colorful sculptures that grow out of the wall and onto the floor seem benign at first glance. The viewer is confronted with domestic textiles and building materials that have been saturated in paint, reconfiguring familiar objects into an overwhelming display of the home. This restructuring of ubiquitous objects creates a sense of discomfort within the viewer, as they realize how many things are out of place. Nugent is interested in giving an alternative narrative to discarded objects and exploring the idea of place in regards to people and their things.