by Nini Baseema in New Art on Wednesday 11 April 2012

Lisa Nilsson is an artist from Massachusetts who seems to have an obsession with anatomy charts. At least, that’s what it looks like judging from her recent tissue series. The artwork is made of Japanese mulberry paper and the gilded edges of old books. They are constructed 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 and later overtaken by 18th century ladies to spend their time creatively. Lisa Nilsson says: ‘I find quilling exquisitely satisfying for rendering the densely squished and lovely internal landscape of the human body in cross section.’