Lisa Nelson Raabe explores variations in linear application of thread. The execution, seemingly simple and automatic develops in sophistication upon inspection. Each work challenges us to a present sense of subtle visual space, an investigation of systems and patterns, reaching beyond it’s apparent minimalism.
Nelson Raabe’s focus in this series of non-traditional linear works is a pared down, discrete examination of the endless possibilities of systemic concentration. Lines weave their way into consistent shapes becoming irregular forms and spaces within the matrix. As the viewer responds to these repetitive qualities, logical yet intuitive, we are offered an opening into the unexpected.
Linear rhythms within the surface of saturated paper enjoin us like breath entering and leaving the body. Large in scale yet with a tender gentleness, the work follows her ideas into visible constructions that are translucent, elegant and contemplative. Each work challenges us to a subtle presentness in visual space and form, and an investigation of systems and patterns, extending beyond the initial reading as minimalist.
July 2020 Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL
These new works simply built with thread, distill the essence of Lisa Nelson Raabe’s richly layered past work. Similarly, they invite you to journey within, though on a labyrinth exposed to be a tangle of tension, connection and resolution. Nothing is obscured, revealing only the presence of the moment.
Michelle Traver, MFA, Public Art Program Administrator, TriMet, Portland, OR
In this period of information overload and overwhelming stress, the artwork in Still Point provides a gentle respite from seemingly endless demands. Interlacing networks hint at weaving and lacework, urging one to lean inside and be alone with their thoughts. Lisa Nelson Raabe creates from the heart, offering a sense of hope, and giving just enough of an opening to realize other possibilities.
Dana Baldwin, Fiber Artist