Lisa Nilsson
Midsagittal FemaleCoronal ManAngelicoHead and TorsoVisageCanis lupus familiarisShouldersFemale ThoraxThoraxHead 1Transverse Head-TongueHead IICranium IIAbdomenMale PelvisPraying HandsShouldersMale TorsoFemale TorsoAngelico (detail)Sagittal Female (detail)Profile (detail)Female Thorax (detail)Transverse Head-Tongue (detail)Shoulders (detail)Coronal Man (detail)Head I (detail)Head II (detail)Thorax (detail)Abdomen (detail)Praying Hands (detail)Male Pelvis (detail)Canis lupus familiaris (detail)Midsagittal Female (detail)Midsagittal Female (detail)
Tissue Series
Anatomical Cross-Sections in Paper

These pieces are 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 who are said to have 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. I find quilling exquisitely satisfying for rendering the densely squished and lovely internal landscape of the human body in cross section.

I have included a selection of detail images.

Photography by John Polak