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.
Medical and scientific museum work has long intersected with the artistic. There is a shared desire to explore the different perceptions of the body and what it means to be human. Similarly, the reliquary transcends simple objectification, and is a physical reminder of the miraculous.
Within my work the formalities of anatomical exploration and the reliquary effigy are both used to appose themes of illness and growth, beauty and decay, dream and time. The historical references are altered to explore the diminishing physicality, anatomized nature of man as well as the more illusory. While the forms that inspire me were created to give answers, I find that they are also a language to explore questions of flesh and divinity.
Studio photographs of finished work by Bill Lemke.