Nova’s work seeks to engage people through a process of tactile and creative participation. She emphasizes the autonomy of each participant in order to encourage open-ended involvement. Many of her projects are committed to a participatory model of creation. She believes in sharing the tools for artistic production as well as methodologies for creative thinking. Nova’s work engages with the evolving definition of public space. Concerned with fostering a sense of community, she often creates situations that allow people to relate in unexpected ways. She wants to inspire people’s curiosity about each other as well as their everyday surroundings through play. Nova was born in China and grew up in New Zealand. She earned her MFA from the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts in 2009. She is currently working on an interactive installation that incorporates images of gallery visitors into an algorithmically generated comic book.