Enshrine Enshroud

Hartmann Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria,IL
April 2021

My work is a process of deciphering what it is to live in our time, to gain perspective, to see from differing angles in differing light. The light of day, inner light deep within, back lit....a search for hidden agenda, the truth beneath the surface within the context and felt sense of emotional memory.

Suspended we see numerous enwrapped forms, reminiscent of chrysalis and cocoon. The fragility of life hanging from a thread from natural twigs and sticks. They are invaginated forms, a biologic term that pertains to the structures created as the embryo develops. This enfolding and curling, is a turning in on itself to create space, pockets and pouches, the potentially for growth. From the ceiling hang pure white forms, white, the color of death in Asian cultures, silently circling, singular within a mass….infinite individuation.

The support system which appears as branches are constructed of grouping of rachis, the central tendon or spine of deciduous compound leaves of Locust and Walnut, Tree of Heaven, and various indigenous varieties of Sumac. Ceiling supports are slivers of Japanese Knotweed, another invasive species found along man made rail trails.

This is a memorial to the innumerable beings who have left us during the pandemic, some known, but many more unnamed and unknown. A small sampling akin to the few who are highlighted, memorialized on a Friday Night Newshour, strategically described, enshrined in just a few moments, to ever be enshrouded within statistics and facts and the ratios of regions.

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 repetitive forms and processes, stitch by stitch, moment by moment, the creation of pliable planes.

Lisa lives with her husband, poet and writer Burton Raabe and their cat Zorba.