Lisa Nelson Raabe


Thin surfaces similar to skin, create a barrier, a protection, an edge while offering a view inside. Visible bits of forgotten fragility and waste, trapped and caught, create a glistening sense of permeable solidity. Current processes layer and assemble intersecting films of pattern, offering new venues for reflective qualities of light.

Is it an illusion that the unknown moves toward the known? Possibly the actual trajectory is that the known becomes more and more unknown, at least this is what seems to be occurring for me. By working with transparent and sometimes nearly invisible material, pliable planes of tape, tulle, Japanese paper and acrylic mediums, reveal-conceal allowing intuitive knowing to emerge.

Lisa Nelson Raabe has worked as an artist, art therapist and yoga therapist for the past 25 years, delving into the relationships between our bodies, stored emotion, thoughts and memories. As a long time textile artist, much of Lisa’s work has to do with women’s work and repetitive forms and processes, stitch by stitch, moment by moment.

Lisa is currently a graduate student in fine art at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. She lives with her husband, poet and writer Burton Raabe and their cat Zorba.