Lisa Nilsson

Lisa Nilsson is a visual artist who grew up in Avon, Massachusetts. She found early inspiration in the makers-of-things in her family, including her father, a retired graphic designer, and his brother, an illustrator. Members of her family sewed, painted houses and watercolors, repaired car bodies, and mixed colors for false teeth. In the 1980s, Lisa attended the Rhode Island School of Design and mostly learned about making illustrations. She received a BFA, and after art school worked first as an illustrator at American Greetings in Cleveland and later as a freelancer for Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, and the Utne Reader. In the winter of 2003, Lisa moved to North Adams, Massachusetts to live and work in a recently renovated textile mill now inhabited by working artists. At the mill, Lisa began making small-scale assembled works that brought together many of her lifes collection of things, artistic skills and interests. They were shown, among other places, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2010 Lisa took her only extended period away from the art-making studio to attend the medical assisting program at her local technical school. At McCann, Lisa’s life-long interest in anatomy and cool-looking medical things grew a bit more informed. It was also in 2010 that Lisa began working with paper, quilling and anatomical cross-sections. She continues to further this body of work that was first shown at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She is represented in New York City by Pavel Zoubok Gallery.

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Science Kit for Lisa Nilsson

Hello and welcome to Lisa Nilsson's science kit.

You can find more detailed information on my "Tissue Series: Anatomical Cross-Sections in Paper" as well as view the work within the context of my other artwork on my website:

The website also provides a means of getting in touch so that I can keep you informed about upcoming shows as well as a way to contact me directly with all of your burning questions about quilling and it's connection to anatomy (I especially love to talk technique, tools and materials and to learn more about body imaging and anatomy).  

I am represented in NYC by Pavel Zoubok Gallery:  All of the work I have made thus far has been sold, though I am happily making more that will be available through the gallery.

This link to the Massachusetts Cultural Council has a sweet conversational version of how and why the work came to be and some images of quilling in action:

You may also take a look at the upcoming story on the "Tissue Series" in the April 14th issue of New Scientist magazine.

Thanks for your interest.