Old work: Woodcut and etching

While moving things from my old studio space (becoming a third bedroom as we try and sell our house) to the garage (becoming my cluttered new ceramics studio slash woodshop) I decided to photograph some of my old work as I went along.


This first piece was inspired by geese. It’s titled “Peace is.” Walking across campus as a student, often after dark, I looked up and saw geese silhouetted against an overcast sky — the overcast sky reflecting the dull orange city light. I liked this imagery.


The second image is a woodcut I did after a sketch of a pipe organ on the Concordia University campus in Seward, Nebraska. I titled this one “Quiet.” It’s not the best of woodcuts, but I must like it as I don’t keep all that many things around for so long, this work being about 8 years old. I grew up listening to the dirge-like noise of electric organs in fundamental churches which left a bad taste in my mouth. In college I dated a girl at Concordia, however, who introduced me to actual pipe organs. I learned to love the instruments — the real instrument, the one with pipes and air — then and still appreciate it today.

I only took one printmaking class in college, and haven’t really toyed around with the process since. I do like the process, however, and wouldn’t mind — if by some miracle time and finances allowed in the future — to mess around with it again.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

One Response to Old work: Woodcut and etching

  1. Matthew says:

    I really like your pipe organ woodcut. Any chance copies are available for purchase?

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