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Friday, February 3, 2012

Lisa Nilsson

Posted by Charley Parker at 9:05 am

Lisa Nilsson
I can across Lisa Nilsson’s work in an article on Visual News about her anatomical quilling.

Quilling is a practice that traces back at least to the Renaissance, in which strips of paper are rolled into shapes, usually around a quill — hence the name, and glued together to create designs, ornaments and images.

It turns out that the technique, in Nilsson’s hands, seems to be well suited for the depiction of anatomical cross-sections.

In investigating her website, I found that the Tissue Series, as she titles it, is one of several directions in which Nilsson works. Others include Boxes, assemblages in the tradition of the Dadaists, Small Paintings and Greeting Card Illustration (note that most images are linked to larger versions).

The anatomical quilling seems a natural outgrowth of her studies, which include training in illustration, medieval manuscript illumination, painting and certification as a medical assistant.

Her paintings, which are often quite small in scale — around 5×7″ (13x18cm) to 8×10 (20x25cm), are done in gouache on paper.

3 comments for Lisa Nilsson »

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  1. Comment by Dermot Power
    Friday, February 3, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    Great stuff! – beautiful clever use of materials, just when we think we’ve seen it all.

  2. Comment by Christi
    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 @ 1:35 am

    Lisa Nilsson’s work is very intriguing. Thanks for a great post!

    -Christi at theartcake.com

  3. Comment by faith kelly
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 @ 1:54 am

    i’m in love with the quilling! i can’t wait to try it – although there’s no way i could beat these pieces. thanks for sharing – they’re great.

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