by Kristi Ylvisaker and Mary Ylvisaker Nilsen
Center for Faith and Life
October 20 - December 4, 2005
There will be a Gallery Reception with Mary Nilsen on Monday, November 14, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome.
This exhibit contains 24 framed pieces of image and text created collaboratively by sisters Kristi Ylvisaker, a painter, and writer Mary Nilsen. Their work was inspired by the poetry of Denise Levertov and each piece is a collaborative response to a Levertov poem. The intense colors and powerful words of the pieces follow Levertov’s poetic perception of the progression of innocence, awe, and peace. That thought cycle is reflected in the images, which move from white and light creams through dense, dark colors and out into ethereal blues and cool lights. Ylvisaker and Nilsen first began work on this collaboration on “a whim” as they discussed the poetry of Levertov. Ylvisaker has lived in Norway since the 1970s and the sisters communicated their ideas through email, “each letting the work of the other infuse her own work.” They met in Iowa in 2004 to finish the project together. Ylvisaker holds a graduate degree in painting from the University of Iowa, and studied at the New York Studio School in the 1960s. She is a member of the Norweigan Organization of Professional Artists, and “Nude Truths” is Ylvisaker’s third show to travel to the United States. Her work has been displayed in several exhibitions including the Western Norway Annual, the Sogn and Gjordane State Art Center in Forde, Norway, and Nordic Artists in Seattle, Wash. Nilsen holds graduate degrees from the University of Iowa in non-fiction writing and from Harvard Divinity School in Theology. She is the author of six books and numerous articles published in such journals as, Lutheran Woman Today, Word and World, and International Christian Digest. She is the manager of Zion Publishing in Des Moines, Iowa.