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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, Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed)
By Evelyn Patricia Terry
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Evelyn Patricia Terry, 2016 – 2020. Series variant, each unique.

Altered book materials: mixed media composed of original prints, monotypes and monoprints on Stonehenge paper, artist's hair, handmade paper and thread. Signed and dated.

Evelyn Patricia Terry: "Each of my artists books have in common their altered book beginnings, the same text and my hair. Through two different print collage material selections, except for Book # x, they are distinguishable by two cover designs each with distinctively different corresponding interior pages as follows:

  1. Primarily black intaglio front and back book covers, with minimal bits of other printed or collaged colors, utilize original prints produced and accumulated during my 50-plus printmaking career. The book’s interior pages serendipitously were chosen upon discovery, in the attic, of my forgotten 1981 edition of 69 black and white screen-prints. Empty spaces, between the edition’s dissimilar imagery, proved perfect for my meandering text honoring America’s origins.
  2. Primarily multicolored front and back book covers, utilize corresponding rainbow rolled or blended rolls with bright colors for the interior pages. Originally, these colors were deposited on newsprint papers, which I used to block ink damage to my press’s printing felts. I switched to using rag paper pieces instead, simply to collect the resulting perfectly beautiful colors on archival papers to look at. My handwritten text most easily is visible on the lightest color sections.
  3. Number x is an exception to the previous distinctive use of materials. Although the front and back covers reflect the multicolored prints of # 2’s front and back cover collaged design, the inside pages are created from #1’s black and white screen-prints. Additionally, the inside pages are each enhanced with red watercolor paint and my dreadlocked hair as borders – possibly indicating America’s blood spilling.

"In both book structures, the text, in my handwriting, tells the same story of America's past that lead to America’s current political reality – ethnic diversity and its origins. Additionally, the text promotes Americans of all nationalities, now inhabiting America, who came by various means, for various reasons, to reflect on the fact that we are now here.

"Both cover and page imagery has been cut, torn and collaged together using machine or handsewn needle and thread stitches. My hair is added, mostly on the covers.

"As a youngster, my 'nappy' hair was a source of shame. I was relieved, in early adulthood, 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 in my artwork."

Book #26 and others coming soon



America, Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed) book#26
Book #21
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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 #9 Color prints
Book #10 Black & white mixed media original prints (SOLD)

Book #11 Black & white prints (SOLD)
Book #12 Black & white prints (SOLD)
Book #13 Color prints with additional enhancements (SOLD)
Book #14 Color (see item #2 in description) (SOLD)
Book #16 (see item 2 in description) (SOLD)
Book #17 Black & white prints (see item #1 in description) (SOLD)
Book #22 miniature version (SOLD)
Book #21 variation of Version 1 (SOLD)
Book #23 variation of Version 1 (SOLD)
Book #24 variation of version 1 in the descriptions (SOLD)


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Book #12
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Book #16
Book #16

 
   

Page last update: 05.16.2021

 

   
                                                         
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