AngelicoLife-size head 16 x 18 x 1.5 inchesJapanese mulberry paper and the gilt edges of old books
Lisa invited me to visit her studio while I was in New England this past July, so I had the pleasure of seeing Angelico when it was nearing completion. The rich colors and densely rolled and folded strips are breathtaking.
I asked Lisa what inspired Angelico:
"The piece was inspired by a Fra Angelico painting of an angel from which I used the profile and the "disc-approach" to depicting a halo. I spent about two months making it."
"I find that I am most inspired by religious art objects and medical or scientific objects and imagery. I am seeking ways to include and combine them in my work. My first step in this direction was "Praying Hands"- a depiction of a transverse cross-section of hands in prayer position." (There are pictures of the piece on her website.)
"I am a science-minded person though I strongly relate to the devotional quality of art making among some religious people, and I favor a return to a precious and reverential approach to art."
Image credits: 1 and 2 - John Polak of John Polak Photography; 3 and 4 - Lisa Nilsson.