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.