An erratic is a rock that has been transported by a glacier and then expelled once the glacier has melted. An erratic signifies the time and place where the glacier originated - often hundreds of miles and thousands of years distant. As a book, online publication, and gallery installation, Erratic is an existential exploration into what is being carried within the self and what a life leaves behind.

What are we carrying within us?

What will withstand time?


  • Wrangell Mountain Center, McCarthy AK

  • Anchorage Museum, AK

  • The Island Institute, Sitka, AK

  • The Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture, Dawson City, BC, Canada

  • Center for Culture, History, and the Environment, University of Madison, WI


This book is comprised of photos and drawings of dynamic landscapes and erratics encountered over several years of travel research. The visual components are matched with excerpts from journals, letters, sketchbooks, and notes. 


​Practice Space

CamBridge, MA 2017

Practice Space is a research studio that focuses on questions that reach across disciplines. Asked “What is the Idea of North,” Nina created an on-site installation focused on glacial material that combined scientific and poetic responses. 



Edge Effects is a digital magazine produced by graduate students at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), a research center within the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. As a visiting artist at CHE, Nina was able to create the first iteration of Erratic in 2017.  

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