Lisa Nilsson: Spell-binding Art in Paper

Creating intricate works using a traditional paper technique called quilling, Lisa Nilsson doesn’t mind working slowly. But when her spell-binding art went viral, her career went through a swift transformation.

Lisa’s work was recently featured in the MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres exhibit at the New Art Center in Newton.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is celebrating 40 Years of Fellowships by sharing video interviews with some of the extraordinary artists who have received Artist Fellowships since the program’s inception in 1975.

  • On MCC’s YouTube Channel, experience the stories of some of the amazing artists we’ve funded over the last 40 years.
  • If you’re a past Fellow or Finalist of the program, sign our Alumni Book to get back in touch and share your own story.
  • Contact us if you have ideas for the project.

Video Credits: images courtesy of Lisa Nilsson (Crafts Fellow ’15) and Pavel Zoubok Gallery; title animation by Basia Goszczynska (Film & Video Fellow ’13); intro music by Laura Andel (Music Composition Fellow ’99), “Sao Dao,” BMI ©1997, performed by the Laura Andel Orchestra; montage and closing music by Scott Wheeler (Music Composition Fellow ’05), “City of Shadows,” BMOP/sound ©2014, performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, conducted by Gil Rose; video footage from Lisa’s 2012 TEDMED talk courtesy of TEDMED.

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