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Paul Nitsche  Ridgeway, WI

'The Ephemeral Knot'
Bronze, Wood, Resin, Acrylic, Gold leaf, Silk, Hardware
'Ossis Fateor Memoria'
Human bone, Bronze, Resin, Cast glass, Bell jar, Gold leaf, Acrylic, Silk, Hardware

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About Paul


Inspired by historical representations of the human body, Paul Nitsche describes the fragility and pathos of our corporeal passage. From reliquaries of human bone to figurines of paper, Paul’s work implements the craft and aesthetics of the Romantic Age of Science and Victoriana while pushing unspoken psychological narratives. The formalities of medical and scientific museum work are used to appose themes of illness and growth, beauty and decay, dream and time, madness and reality. The pieces are an attempt to explore the diminishing physicality, anatomized nature of man as well as the more illusory. Like the reliquary, every element of the sculpture is created to attract and direct attention toward the human object. The implementation of craft is an important and appropriate device in this work. Both art and medicine share a synthesis of the technical and the aesthetic. Where many careful techniques are utilized, it is within the presented subject’s cracks, tears, and fragments that speak to the work’s ideas. Through art and science, the beauty and mystery of each- the quiet and powerful limitations of us all.


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