Welcome to the paper version of yourself. This is a particular kind of anatomy,  made of Japanese mulberry paper and using 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 who made artistic use of the gilded edges of worn out bibles, and later by 18th century ladies who made artistic use of lots of free time (good on them!). Lisa Nilsson finds quilling exquisitely satisfying for rendering the densely squished and lovely internal landscape of the human body in cross section. Her work opens the doors to a more relaxed inspection of our flesh and bones. It’s also a way to appreciate the skills of an artist who has literally elected an old technique for a new form of art. Lisa introduces us to the wonderful perfection of nature, its complicated creativity and silent inventiveness. On the other hand, it’s a sharp representation of our colorful fragility. We are really volatile. This post is in praise of Lisa’s unique and inspiring work.








8 responses to “I AM PAPER

  1. Very clever! 😀

    Love the concept.

  2. Great use of paper. It (paper art) can be soooooo twee most of the time. Science and art make a perfect mix too.

  3. Than you, Don. I agree. Science is art, and art is a science.


  4. This is mind blowing! Very interesting.

    • Thanks Marie,

      mind blowing…interesting expression, considering this kind of anatomy where the mind is made out of paper.



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