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Evelyn Eller ~ New York

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Evelyn Eller: "Experimenting with the book format was a natural outcome of my work in paper collage. In my books I use traditional structures as well as sculptural and innovative forms. Handmade, oriental, and painted papers, book cloth, string, boards and glue are my materials. these materials are fragile yet durable."
   

Died
By Evelyn Eller
New York: Evelyn Eller, 2020. One-of-a-Kind.

10" x 7.50" x 1.50" wooden box with loose leaves laid in. Mixed media collage. Folio and painted papers. Signed by the artist.

As COVID-19 has raged around the world we begin to see people disappear from our lives. Whether the disappearance is total isolation or death we grieve for these friends and loved ones. Using a score written by Charles Ives, book and paper artist Evelyn Eller has superimposed drawings of faces of people lost to COVID-19.

It seems appropriate to use his music to commemorate their memory as he was one of the first Americana composers of international renown. He was known as an "American original" in that he tried to capture the everyday American experience in his music. In this early piece that Eller has chosen, the circus has come to town and the watcher cannot find the pink lady. "Where is the lady all in pink … Can she have died?" Even in the happiest of times death can overshadow.

Evelyn Eller: "I have lost loved ones during this difficult period. The words from this piece by Charles Ives resonated with me. I used a page from his score and superimposed my drawings of faces of the dead over the music in order to commemorate their memory. "

Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954), wikipedia, 7/16/20: "an American modernist composer, … His music was largely ignored during his early life, and many of his works went unperformed for many years. Later in life, the quality of his music was publicly recognized, and he came to be regarded as an 'American original'. He was also among the first composers to engage in a systematic program of experimental music, with musical techniques including polytonality, polyrhythm, tone clusters, aleatory elements, and quarter tones. His experimentation foreshadowed many musical innovations that were later more widely adopted during the 20th century. Hence, he is often regarded as the leading American composer of art music of the 20th century."
$900

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Human Toll
By Evelyn Eller
New York: Evelyn Eller, 2020. One-of-a-Kind.

10" x 8" x 5"; 6 pages. Accordion structure. Mixed media collage with acid free board, folio and Japanese Handmade paper. Signed.

Evelyn Eller: "I used the sadness and anxiety I felt during these months of isolation and quarantine in 2020 to create an artwork. In this book I combined the names of the deceased, musical dirges, and images of black lace, to show the human toll that Covid 19 has taken on us."
$700

 

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Those We Have Lost
By Evelyn Eller
New York: Evelyn Eller, 2020. One-of-a-Kind.

10" x 8" x 5"; 6 pages. Accordion structure. Mixed media collage. Acid free board, folio and Japanese Handmade paper. Signed.

Evelyn Eller: "On May 24th [2020] the New York Times listed nearly 100,00 names of people in the United States who had died of the coronavirus. Sadly many more have since passed away. I superimposed my drawings of people of different ages, gender and ethnicity, over the columns of the names from the New York Times article. We have experienced terrible losses."
$700

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Touch, Somatosensory
By Evelyn Eller
New York: Evelyn Eller, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

14" x 10"; 4 pages. Bound in paper covers with sewn binding. Signed and dated by the artist.

Evelyn Eller: "Much of our experience with art is now digital. In this book, I tried to give the viewer an experience of seeing and holding a book that had a tactile feel. I incorporated text about touching, images of hands touching, sheets of Braille and textured papers in the construction of the work."
$500


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Unorthodox Stamp Album
By Evelyn Eller
New York: Evelyn Eller, 2015. One-of-a-Kind.

10"x 7.5 "x 2" closed, extends to 42"; 6 pages. Accordion fold. Pages extend from bottom of box with pull tie. Wooden box with metal hinges and metal snap closure. Cancelled stamps. Signed and dated by the artist.

Evelyn Eller: "A few years ago, I acquired a large amount of postage stamps from the daughter of a stamp collector. I didn't know if they had any monetary value, but I wanted to use them in my art work. I created a mixed media collaged artist book, using photocopies of maps and original stamps from the United States, Italy, France, Poland, Canada and Great Britain. Stamp collecting is a vanishing pastime. This book is my way of commemorating the Stamp Album. "
$900


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Glorious Sounds
By Evelyn Eller
New York: Evelyn Eller, 2002. One-of-a-Kind.

13 x 13"; 12 leaves. Laid in cloth covered four flap portfolio with bone and ribbon loop closure. Each collage signed and dated by the artist.

Evelyn Eller: "In this book, I used 12 of my original collages, which I created on handmade papers in 2002. The pages contain fragments of written text, musical scores, and photocopies of images of conductors, other musicians, and of my husband who was an avid fan of classical music. I always listen to WQXR, which is a radio station that plays classical music, while I am working in the studio. The folio is a homage to the glorious sounds that we hear when we listen to music."
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