Terry Acebo Davis
Yin Yin Hung
Contributing Artist's and Artist's Statements
Terry Acebo Davis
I must quote John F. Kennedy by saying “ We are a nation of immigrants.” Many have forgotten that.
My work plays on themes of dislocation and disorientation using collage style vignettes that create personal narrative. Birds, navigational symbols, maps, compasses, and ships are used to reference place, direction, and living in a state of in-between. Elements such as the face and hands are intended to evoke a sense of connection through human touch and what it means to feel loss. The use of decorative source materials such as Mexican textiles, flower motifs, and popular art derived from various print design source- signage from urban Latino neighborhoods- create a suggestive and interactive world with larger cultural symbol and personal iconography.
I have been making prints since I was 5 years old and worked as my mother’s screenprinting assistant. Throughout the ever-changing priorities of life, I’ve continued to make small-scale prints at home, and in 2007, I made time to reacquaint myself with a full studio, where I’ve spent most of my time learning about and using the Letterpress facilities. Letterpress allows exploration of the interplay of verbal and visual expression and offers the challeng of applying design concepts in a way that is simultaneously familiar and new to reflect and interpret contemporary issues that cry out for commentary.
To liberate a moment in time, a kairos of emotion, an expression of self - that is the Mecca of my creation. Strangers swaying in unison with the harmony at Thursdays free concert in the park; a surfer riding his perfect wave; a Mexican immigrant solemnly awaiting the fate of his workday in the parking lot or the corner of a busy street - These scenes are my inspiration and this artwork my connection to enlightened and borrowed worlds, alike. Monoprint reflects this understanding in its inclusion of different techniques and multiple layers which all come together in one plane to create one image full with my dynamic vision.
My work reflects the problems of our era: how do the different stratas find what they are all searching for? How do they overcome what they are lacking? The elements of surprise and synchronicity are mysterious, and offer a relief from the alienation and isolation so easily found in today’s communitie.. My art is content-driven, expressing what the viewer is connected to everyday and often chooses to ignore.
Traveling the world, I look for the simple, unsophisticated and organic details that define a culture. Blending art, culture and technology together I realize these inspirations in new forms. I make use of both traditional artist’s tools and creative technology to express the essence of these visions in new ways. Digital imaging using archival ink and paper come together with collage, printmaking techniques and photography to create unique prints and original artwork, the visual expression of my inward and outward journey.
My art often involves working closely with others, sharing thoughts, laughter, passions, time and physical space. The sense of community is extremely important in my creative process. The “Tortilla Curtain Project” has been a stimulating vehicle for sharing political, social, moral and humanitarian concepts. These are themes which I often visit in my individual work.
Creating art puts me in a place where time ceases to exist. Being able to share this with other people, seems like magic.
As a mixed media artist working with paper, fiber and found objects, my work is mostly an intuitive response to serendipitous images, colors and thoughts that come my way. Anything and everything can start my creative process of trying to record a feeling, an impression or a concept. I enjoy the challenges this process poses by reusing found objects and non-traditional art materials. At the same time color and texture reflect my upbringing and personal outlook of my environment.
I create backgrounds to set the atmosphere of selected prints, and also employ lines and shapes to create ambiguous objects. I pay close attention to the surface texture of paper to achieve tonal balance, reinterpret elements created by others, and seek to develop visual stories with new markings. These markings are abstract, and a direct reflection on the objects around me. Through this collaboration process, I experience valuable insights into other artists’ thought processes, which inspire me to be more adventurous with materials that may seem unexpected.
From the moment I did my first screen print, I have been printing with joy and passion. In the beginning I was struggling to find the right amount of ink and learning how to use new materials. But what a joy it is to express my feelings through my artwork! After doing ceramics and printing for over 7 years, I recently started to create objects that have both ceramic and printmaking aspects. It’s a new world opening up to me, and there’s still much more to learn. I can’t wait to get back into the studio.
I am a printmaker and book artist, making work about the immediagte and broader environment. Human overpopulation (actual and neo-Malthusian) is a major concern of mine.
I am currently a Part-Time Instructor at Foothill College (Los Altos Hills, CA) and am apprenticed at Dreaming Mind Bindery (Castro Valley,CA).
Introspection drives my need to create. Through the creation of images and objects, I explore my being and belongingness. This investigation helps me access my own truths and facilitates my understanding of the world in a broader context. I’m inquisitive about things I don’t understand and create picture narratives to explore possibilities. As I find questions are more interesting than answers, the works seek not closure but further inquiry. Printmaking processes (traditional and digital) serve the conceptual development of my images and satisfy my passion for working with materials. Completed works are realized as fine art prints and artists’ books.
My aim is to create art that depicts beauty and inspires hope and optimism in the world. The world is filled so many negative images and I feel it is my duty to counterbalance them with something positive. My work often depicts icons. Icons elicit a broad range of responses from observers. I am intrigued by complex patterns and the graphic layering of images and shapes in perspective.
Thirty five years of collaborative projects have left me burned, because we hate so much easier than we help; we fight so much better than feel free. The unfortunate human condition is that we are so human. But not this: we gave, we got, we asked, we received the help I never really believed possible.
I have been long interested in calligraphy, printmaking, graphic design and paper arts. There’s a certain industriousness and practicality which is appealing about all of these areas, many of which were borne out of the transition of artisanal trades into the age of industry and commerce. There’s also a real visceral pleasure in working with raw materials such as paper, which is so portable, and therefore an ideal material for creating very personal works. Monumental statements are less important to me than small truths revealed by a work.