Lisa Nelson Raabe


At it’s core, my work is a process of deciphering what it is to live in our time, surrounded by media, inundated with information, images and text both wanted and unwanted. It is a search for hidden agenda, deeper meaning, the truth beneath the surface within the context and felt sense of emotional memory.

By working spontaneously with transformable materials, both traditional and temporary, I explore the interplay of geometric predictability amid the constantly changing forces of creation, the overlapping of known and unknown.

Finding beauty in residue, visible bits of forgotten fragility trapped within intersecting films and disparate layers, my work cultivates qualities of light, diaphanous and glistening yet made of paper, the physical stuff of everyday life.


Lisa Nelson Raabe has worked as an artist, art therapist and yoga therapist, 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, the creation of pliable planes.

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.