"In Human Nature, I explore what happens when we step back to view ourselves within the expansiveness of nature and time. I consider how this scale realignment can change our perspective, offer context, reveal absurdities, and evoke humility, insights, and awe." 

 - Tiffany Shlain

DENDROFEMONOLOGY (Feminist History Tree Ring)
60" x 55" x 3" | Reclaimed Cedar Wood Sculpture | 2022

“I have always been fascinated by the tree ring timelines at the entrance of Muir Woods or any National Park. They illuminate how the trees are a witness to human history. However, I also felt like those timelines tell a colonialist and patriarchal story. The tree rings in Human Nature imagine what alternate histories could be told…”.      - Tiffany Shlain

“Tiffany is a force of nature and her vision is remarkable, personal, thought provoking, and always relevant.."


-Jorn Lyseggen, founder of SHACK15 


 “Everything Tiffany Shlain does is so timely and important for us to understand and know."

-Dr. Nancy Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, Women Connect4Good

“Tiffany's feminist and eco-philosophical perspective continues to probe and celebrate the wonders of being human."  

-Kathy Brew, Guest Curator for the Museum of Modern Art New York


"Through her inspiring, compelling, and thought-provoking work, Tiffany has long embraced her role as a creator to affect change through art and storytelling."

-Jennifer Herrera, National Women’s History Museum, Washington DC


An Exhibition by Tiffany Shlain

2022 Artist-in-Residence

Presented by The National Women's History Museum based in Washington D.C

& Women Connect4Good

Human Nature is currently on display at SHACK15 at San Francisco Ferry Building

Upcoming Events

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SHACK15 is a beautiful private community space at the top of the San Francisco Ferry Building.

RSVPs are required for all events. Check out highlights from the opening reception here.

Human Nature: A Solo Exhibition: November 2 – December 15, 2022, SHACK15, The Ferry Building, San Francisco


October 26: Artist Talk + Preview. 6-8pm. SOLD OUT

Wednesday, November 2: Opening Reception. 6-9pm. AT CAPACITY

Thursday, December 1: Artist Zoom Talk + Tour. 11am PT / 2pm ET on Zoom. RSVP here.

Tuesday, December 6: In Person Artist Talk + Tour Live 6pm to 7:30pm RSVP here  

Saturday, December 10: In Person Art Tour Day. Tours on the hour 11am-4pm, SHACK15, SF. RSVPs Required

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Print Magazine on the exhibition

National Women's History Museum print magazine feature coming out early December

San Francisco Magazine December 2022 Arts Issue

SHACK15 Artist-in-Residence Interview

Shira Gill Women Who inspire Interview

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About Human Nature

The Human Nature exhibition includes 24 artworks:

  • Reclaimed Tree Ring Sculptures (Reclaimed Wood Sculpture or Large-Scale Photograph)

  • Mixed Media Lightboxes (3 sizes, from 108" wide to 16.5" inches wide)

  • Large-scale Photography (Archival pigment print on acid-free paper)

  • Large-scale Vinyl Matte Prints 

About The Tree Rings


A centerpiece of the exhibition is DENDROFEMONOLOGY, in which Shlain subverts the traditional tree ring timelines by rewriting history from a feminist point of view.


Dates include: 

  • 50,000 BCE: goddesses are worshiped.

  • 2400 BCE: Mesopotamian law declares: “If a woman speaks to a man out of turn, her teeth will be smashed in by a burnt brick.”

  • 1993: Women allowed to wear pants on the floor of the US Senate.

  • 2022: 

    • Roe v. Wade is overturned, eviscerating federal protection of reproductive rights in the United States. 

    • Globally, 65 countries have legalized abortions, four in the last year.

The National Women's History Museum in Washington DC, one of the presenters of the exhibition, took the text burned into the feminist history tree ring DENDROFEMONOLOGY and made it interactive, going deeper into some of the lines here.


There are five other large tree rings in the exhibition exploring different topics from climate change, neuroscience, the evolution of knowledge and more.

More information on the process of making the feminist history tree ring DENDROFEMOLOGY

Mixed Media Lightboxes
2 of 12 in the exhibition


Mixed Media Lightbox, Editions of 4

72” x 108” x 3.2” 

24” x 36” x .6” 

11” x 16.5” x .6” 



Mixed Media Lightbox, Editions of 4

72” x 108” x 3.2” 

24” x 36” x .6” 

11” x 16.5” x .6” 

Large-Scale Vinyl and Photography
2 of 5 in the exhibition



Archival pigment print on acid-free paper

44” x 68”  

31” x 47” 

24” x 36” 

Large-Scale Vinyl Matte

196" x 98"

130” x 65”

86” x 43”

Archival print on acid-free paper

68” x 44” 

47” x 31”

36” x 24”




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Honored by Newsweek as one of the "Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is an artist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and author of the national bestselling book 24/6: Giving up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity, and Connection, winner of the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award. Shortly before the pandemic, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City premiered her one-woman spoken cinema show, Dear Human. When the world shut down during COVID, Shlain spent the time walking in the redwoods and began working in sculpture, photography, and mixed media to explore themes of scale and perspective that going into nature and history evoke. She was selected as artist in residence by SHACK15 at the SF Ferry Building based on this new work. The National Women's History Museum and Women Connect4Good came on as presenters of the exhibition Human Nature which is the culmination of her residency.  

Awards and distinctions for her work include multiple film premieres at Sundance, selection by the Albert Einstein Foundation as one of the people carrying on his legacy, and the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. The US State Department has used Shlain’s films to represent America at embassies around the world. She has held artist residencies at the Headland Center for the Arts, the American Museum of Jewish History, and the Da Vinci Museum, which created an exhibit of all of her work on gender equality.  

Read Interview with Tiffany about the lead up to this exhibition and her artist-in-residency.


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