Lisa Nilsson was born in Masschusetts in 1963 and received a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 1985. She makes sculptures from Japanese mulberry paper and the gilded edges of old books by a technique of rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper called quilling or paper filigree. Quilling was first practiced by Renaissance nuns and monks using the edges of worn out bibles, and was later adopted by ladies in the eighteenth century as a decadent pastime. Nilsson finds rendering the densely squished paper very [...]
"i am sorry folks....I hate this stuff...it's not that I can't see why some of you would love and appreiate the loveliness.... but I have been an RN for thirty years...an I had my fill! my fill "
"The two works shown here intrigued me sufficiently that I visited the artist's website and looked over each and every work shown there. This process of quilling anatomical artwork is not the artist's "
"The subject matter is a little startling, but the work itself is wonderful."
"I am not too thrilled with the boxes but I do love the painting of the swimmer from an underwater view."