At PICA we recognise that we are situated within the unceded lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We pay our respects and offer our gratitude to Elders past and present, and to those emerging leaders in the community. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the importance of their care and continued connection to culture, community and Country.

Always was, always will be.

Our foyer is open today 10am–5pm . Our exhibitions are always free.

Sarah Nelson

Into the Fog

Into the Fog

Sarah Nelson’s Quick Response residency will support her continued development of Into the Fog, a visceral interdisciplinary theatre work integrating unconventional masks, puppetry, illusion and interactive design. Evolving every day into the hyperreal, Into the Fog is inspired by Nelson’s account of living in prolonged isolation in the UK with Long COVID and her subsequent development of FND (Functional Neurological Disorder). 

More than promoting awareness of chronic illness, this is a universal story of disruption, loss, love and hope exploring the innately human experience of vulnerability, resilience and our capacity for change

About the Artist

Sarah Nelson is an actor, puppeteer, performance maker, producer and multidisciplinary artist working across theatre, film and community art contexts. Sarah has performed & collaborated for Barking Gecko Theatre, Black Swan State Theatre, The Last Great Hunt, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Erth Visual & Physical Inc. Mowanjum Festival, Vamos Theatre, Global Creatures and the National Theatre, amongst many others, and has travelled internationally for her mask performance work in the UK, Japan, North America, South Africa and Europe. She is the creator of the award-winning film portraiture project Mobile Moments and recently received a PAWA nomination for ‘Outstanding Performer in a Leading Role’ for her performance in Unheimlich (PICA, 2021).

Creative Team

Concept, Creative Lead, Producer, Performer: Sarah Nelson
Performer, Collaborator: Jacob Lehrer
Movement Director: Maria Carolina Viera
Sound Design + Composition: Tristen Parr + Felicity Groom
Lighting + Visual Design: Tee Ken Ng
Creative Coder + Technical Design: Steve Berrick
Co-Producer, Movement Consultant: Rachel Ogle
Production Assistant, Construction, Dramaturg: Matthew Scurfield
Dramaturg, Understudy: Jo Morris


This development is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries



Image: Fionn Mulholland