Evelyn Patricia Terry ~ Wisconsin

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Artist bio: " A full time professional artist, collector, presenter and writer for over 40 years, Evelyn Patricia Terry received numerous awards and commendations for her artwork and contributions to other artists. Selected by the Milwaukee Arts Board, she received one of two 2014 Artist of the Year Awards after receiving a 2012 Wisconsin Visual Artist Lifetime Achievement Award. In over 400 private, corporate and public collections Terry has exhibited and is collected internationally with artwork, locally, in the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Haggarty Museum of Art, Marquette University and Racine Art Museum. As a visual art major, she concentrated on drawing and printmaking and earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and both a BFA and MS from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Terry Lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin."

 

   

America's Favor #1
By Evelyn Patricia Terry
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Evelyn Patricia Terry, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

9 x 6.25 x 1"; 52 pages. Materials: mixed media original prints, handmade paper, thread and artist's hair. Signed and dated by the artist.

Evelyn Patricia Terry: “This 52-page book, America’s Favor # 1, features 13 favors earned by African Americans forced to attend America's ongoing dinner party. Constructed during a 15-month period, from 1/20/2015 to 4/12/2016, this first of 13 planned books, predominantly utilizes my drawings and printmaking inventory of screen-prints, lithographs, collagraphs, monoprints, monotypes and etchings on Stonehenge rag paper. Both cover and interior page imagery have been cut or torn, glued and sometimes machine stitched or hand sewn. Including my hair, highlights a significant paradigm shift, which eliminated shame I felt as a youngster toward my ‘nappy hair’. I had been bred a brainwashed unworthy consumer along with most others - through commercials selling fake ‘beauty’ - at a cost to self-esteem and health. My once pressed and straightened hair evolved to dread locks, which I happily use as fodder in my artist's books. The text features 13 favors with one-underlined 13-letter word each - for good luck and change. Most recently, my research noted that ‘13’ embodied female empowerment, before power-seeking men began to advance ‘13’ as bad luck to weaken women, who powerfully embraced it. My use of ‘13’ Virgin Mary statues in my 1994 installation symbolized ‘good luck’ after noting the 13 figures in the traditional ‘Last Supper’. Since that time, the number 13 often informs my work."
$5,000


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America, Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed)
By Evelyn Patricia Terry
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Evelyn Patricia Terry, 2016. Series variant, each unique.

Altered book. Materials: mixed media original prints, artist' hair, thread. Signed and dated.

Evelyn Patricia Terry: "Belongs to a series of altered books using an edition of screenprints, produced in 1981, with black ink on white Stonehenge paper. The text, in my handwriting, tells the same story on each book's pages, in this series, of America's current political reality – diversity and its origins. … Additionally, the text reflects that all nationalities, inhabiting America, came by various means, for various reasons, and are here.

"This series uses handwriting for the text aesthetically meandering around the imagery. The front and back cover designs are created from original etchings that I produced during my 40-plus year career as a printmaker. Both cover and page imagery has been cut, torn, and sewn different ways in each book. Sometimes my hair is added.

"As a youngster, my 'nappy' hair was a source of shame. I was relieved to discover that brainwashed consumers believe themselves unworthy and allow commercials to sell us beauty at a cost to our self-esteem and health. With a paradigm shift, my once pressed and straightened hair evolved to dread locks, which I happily use."

Books available in the series
$1,000 Book #9 Color prints
$ 800 Book #12 Black & white prints
$1,200 Book #13 Color prints with additional enhancements

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Book #9


Book #11


Book #12


Book #13

 

Sold and out of print titles by Evelyn Patricia Terry:
 
America, Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed)
By Evelyn Patricia Terry
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Evelyn Patricia Terry, 2016. Series variant, each unique.

Altered book. Materials: mixed media original prints, artist' hair, thread. Signed and dated.

Evelyn Patricia Terry: "Belongs to a series of altered books using an edition of screenprints, produced in 1981, with black ink on white Stonehenge paper. The text, in my handwriting, tells the same story on each book's pages, in this series, of America's current political reality – diversity and its origins. … Additionally, the text reflects that all nationalities, inhabiting America, came by various means, for various reasons, and are here.

"This series uses handwriting for the text aesthetically meandering around the imagery. The front and back cover designs are created from original etchings that I produced during my 40-plus year career as a printmaker. Both cover and page imagery has been cut, torn, and sewn different ways in each book. Sometimes my hair is added.

"As a youngster, my 'nappy' hair was a source of shame. I was relieved to discover that brainwashed consumers believe themselves unworthy and allow commercials to sell us beauty at a cost to our self-esteem and health. With a paradigm shift, my once pressed and straightened hair evolved to dread locks, which I happily use as fodder in this series of artist's books. "


Book #1 (SOLD): 4.625 x 5.94"; 8 pages including exteriors. Altered board book. Black & white imagery.
Book #2 (SOLD): 4.625 x 5.94"; 10 pages including exteriors. Altered board book. Black & white imagery.
Book #3 (SOLD): 5.5" x 5.75"; 12 pages including exteriors. Altered book. Collaged mixed media color prints with sewing and cloth elements.
Book #4 Black and white (SOLD)
Book #5 color (SOLD)

Book #6 SOLD (black and white)
Book #7 SOLD (Color)
Book #8 black and white
(SOLD)
Book #10 Black & white mixed media original prints (SOLD)

Book #11 Black & white prints (SOLD)


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