Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Angelico - Lisa Nilsson

Perhaps you remember Tissue Series that was featured here last winter. Since then, artist Lisa Nilsson has continued to quill cross-sections of human anatomy using long strips of mulberry paper that she cuts with a guillotine-style paper cutter. Her most recent work is Angelico.

Angelico
Angelico
Life-size head
16 x 18 x 1.5 inches
Japanese mulberry paper and the gilt edges of old books

Lisa invited me to visit her studio while I was in New England this past July, so I had the pleasure of seeing Angelico when it was nearly completed. The rich colors and densely rolled and folded strips are breathtaking; the gold halo practically glows.

Angelico - detail

I asked Lisa to tell us about Angelico:

"The piece was inspired by a Fra Angelico painting of an angel from which I used the profile and the "disc-approach" to depicting a halo. I spent about two months making it."

Angelico - brain detail

"I find that I am most inspired by religious art objects and medical or scientific objects and imagery. I am seeking ways to include and combine them in my work. My first step in this direction was "Praying Hands"- a depiction of a transverse cross-section of hands in prayer position." (There are pictures of the piece on her website.)

Angelico

"I am a science-minded person though I strongly relate to the devotional quality of art making among some religious people, and I favor a return to a precious and reverential approach to art."

Image credits: 1 and 2 - John Polak of John Polak Photography; 3 and 4 - Lisa Nilsson.

13 comments:

Maureen said...

I visited the Mutter Museum in Philly several weeks ago; its a medical museum, and there is a gallery there for artists who have been allowed to draw inspiration from the museum's collection. The Mutter would be a great place for Lisa's art to be on show.

Anama Lily said...

Breathtaking. I am at a loss for words!
*respect

Ann Martin said...

Completely agree, Maureen.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Lisa on her lates masterpiece "Angelico"! I love the halo design, the subtle colours used to make this anatomical piece, the black background and the metallic egded papers used in the halo. "Angelico" has a hint of antique quilling with a contemporary touch.
Ann, how lucky that you were able to view this piece up close!!
Licia Politis

Teddie Seeley said...

Thank you Ann, for updating us on what Lisa, has been doing.
This is just so incredibly beautiful, and awe-inspiring.
You are so lucky to have had the chance to see this work in progress. I envy you.

SUGANTHI said...

Truly awe-inspiring !!! It's incredible how she has shaped the quilled elements to create the brain.

komnatachista said...

And I didn't think she could improve on her previous work! Genius!

chillin with Quillin said...

Awesome, such details!!!!
Paula

Melissa Kojima said...

Wow. It's really amazing. I love how she put so much detail and precision into this whole piece. Lucky for you to see it in the making.

Anonymous said...

HOLY SCHNITZEL LISA NILSSON WHEN DO YOU HAVE TIME TO EAT SLEEP USE THE BATHROOM WHEN YOU ARE SO BUSY WHORLING PAPER ALL THE TIME?!?!?

Anca said...

Oooh! I also thought her last creations were the best, the PERFECT ones! She`s magnifique, breathtaking!

Neha Sharma said...

Oh my God!!!!
Heavenly:)
How can someone be so creative.
breathtaking:)
I bow at your efforts :)
Just wowwwwww....
Cheers from India
Neha

Soraya said...

So impressive. Love how arts is affected and enhanced by the creator

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