Paul Nitsche graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992. Currently residing in rural southwest Wisconsin, Paul inhabits a 1895 church that serves as home and studio. Aside from artistic projects, he is also involved with editing and proofreading Southern author William Gay's posthumous literary archive, as well as the journal works of author J.M. White. He is married to Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist Rebecca Lamson Nitsche.
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.
Studio photographs of finished work by Bill Lemke.