Before Twenty, Mixed Media, 2018

Before Twenty, Mixed Media, 2018

About the Artist

Terri Messinides is an artist who works with handmade paper to make collages and sculpture. The collages include found photos, ephemera, natural elements, cast paper elements and stitching. Many of the collages use the process of enclosing the collage elements between 2 sheets of handmade paper, cotton paper on the bottom covered by a sheet of translucent abaca paper. These collages explore the ephemeral nature of memory and the importance of memory in shaping our lives.

The sculptures are made with multiple layers of handmade paper around a form, which is removed when the paper dries. Additional elements are added such as natural materials, waxed linen thread and embroidery thread. The sculpture explores the interface between amorphous, organic shapes and geometry.

The quilts were all made in the past year and are in reaction to the escalation of gun violence and mass shootings in the United States and the Me Too movement. Quilting as a medium grounds these difficult issues and makes them personal.

Education: BA, Communication Design, University of Illinois at Chicago. Various classes at Lill Street Studios in Chicago, IL, Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, WI, Continuing Education classes at University of Wisconsin, Madison WI, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN