Paper Artist Lisa Nilsson’s Anatomical Art Work

by Sherry Riter in Art  

Paper artist usually brings to my mind things such as cute or pretty greeting cards or at most a lovely scene to hang behind glass. However, paper artist Lisa Nilsson puts a whole new twist on paper art. Her anatomical quilled pieces show a magnificent talent and skill. The tedious process of winding paper tightly around little rolls in order to get the artsy effect phenomenally render cross-sections of the human anatomy.

I’ve always been awed and intrigued with the human form and marvel at the intricate workings of the body. Lisa Nilsson’s art capture the body beautifully.

A detail of Coronal Man showing the head and thorax

A detail of Transverse Head-Tongue showing the tongue, bottom teeth and tonsils

A detail of Profile showing the sinuses, front teeth and tongue

A detail of Head I showing the sinuses

A detail of Female Thorax showing a vertebra, and a portions of the heart, lungs and liver

A detail of Shoulders showing the a vertebra, lungs, esophagus, trachea and thyroid gland

Male Pelvis showing the femur bone which is surrounded by the muscles of the thigh and buttocks

A detail of Angelico showing the pink-ish thyroid gland in the front of the throat and the arbor vitae

All Photography by John Polak

Do you have the patience to create such masterpieces?

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1 Dixie August 18, 2013 at 12:46 am

Hi Red, I enjoyed your article. It’s been a while since I’ve visited your blog here. I think that I would have patience for this kind of paper art, after all I have patience for braiding my own entire head of micro braids for 3 days until finished. Great post.


2 Sherry Riter August 18, 2013 at 11:37 am

Thanks for stopping by again, Dixie! I can’t imagine spending 3 days on my hair!!! You sure do have determination and patience!!!! I can’t hardly stand spending 3 minutes on my own hair. LOLOL 😛


3 Philip Bond August 18, 2013 at 5:29 am



4 Sherry Riter August 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

😀 Yep, both the body and the art! 😉


5 Helen August 18, 2013 at 7:11 am

Wow that’s really quite unique, almost looks like a batik effect, which is an indonesian art form.
Looks almost 3d in it’s effect.



6 Sherry Riter August 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

Yes, Helen, they do look 3D. I love it!


7 Stéfan August 18, 2013 at 11:07 am

This appeals to me. Really well done!


8 Sherry Riter August 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

Thanks and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I thought about the amazing number of hours it took her to complete each piece. Not only is the body gorgeous, but her works are quite wonderful.


9 Crystal August 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Wow! What incredible artwork. Amazing to depict such an organic subject to depict with paper! Thanks for sharing.


10 Sherry Riter August 19, 2013 at 5:11 am

😀 Yes, his art is amazing! Thanks for stopping by!

Hope you have a great day!


11 Joan August 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Wow, wow, wow! Incredible, incredible, incredible! You asked, “Do you have the patience to create such masterpieces?” Well, not with paper but with words. 🙂


12 Sherry Riter August 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Yep, me either and me too. 😛


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