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Pilar Acevedo

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About Artist:

I was born in Mexico City and by contrast, raised in a small town in the Midwest, just sixty miles south of Chicago, Illinois. While growing up, I was inspired by my father, Horacio Q. Acevedo, who was an antique gun engraver and my first teacher. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and have also studied at Santa Monica College in California and Universidad Nacional Aut?noma de M?xico in Mexico City, concentrating in Spanish, Mexican art, culture, and history. My work has been exhibited in various U.S. cities. Currently, I work in the Chicago area as an independent artist.

My art is inspired by memories, vintage photographs, dolls, poetry, and unsettling human interactions. I am moved by children?s thoughts?their perceptions and fears?and the idea of how situations like death or abuse can mean a loss of childhood. I am especially drawn to childhood memories, which are often illustrated in my work as muddied layers, levels, and fragments. Few of those memories are mine. Most are of other women who have recounted events of their unfortunate childhoods.

The idea of ?memory as layers? is most evident in my collages, and in my assemblages predominantly through the use of nostalgic objects, drawers, boxes, layers of paper, text, and sound. These pieces are often interactive. The work on canvas and paper illustrates layers through the use of multiple glazes, layering of paper, and the use of several images.

Because collaging frees my imagination, I work in this medium to produce fantastical narratives. I often employ high-contrast photocopied photography and then expand on these collages in large-scale oil paintings. Similarly, I draw or paint still-lifes of dolls, using them as a catalyst to large surreal mixed media pieces.

About Artwork:

This painting is based on a collage I created several years ago. There is a special story behind this bird painting. During one of my visits to Mexico City, I came across an image that I found compelling and used it as a catalyst for the collage. The image is that of ?El Santo Ni?o de las Suertes?. According to the legend, dating back to the early 19th century, two missionaries were on their way to Tlalpan. As they approached their destination, they heard a child?s cries. Intrigued and surprised because the area was not inhabited, they searched the place where they heard the cries and found a boy who was barely four months old. Upon picking him up, the child became a sculpture, and simultaneously a spring began to flow from the ground. This spring is called "Ojo del Nino" and can be found in present day Tlapan.

Coincidentally, I appropriately chose water as part of the collage although I was unfamiliar with the legend until I completed the painting. In fact, I used the image of the cranes on water to convey serenity?the fish, whimsy, and the color I added to the skulI, did all in memory of a friend.

Pilar Acevedo

Still Wish You Were Here

  • 2013
  • 48 x 30 inches
  • Fine Art Category: paintings
  • Medium: Oil / Canvas
  • Origin: USA
  • Certificate of Authenticity: yes
  • Provenance: DIrect from Studio of the artist
  • Signed: Not signed

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  • Artplode ID: 1593
  • Artplode Seller ID: 1384

About Artist:

I was born in Mexico City and by contrast, raised in a small town in the Midwest, just sixty miles south of Chicago, Illinois. While growing up, I was inspired by my father, Horacio Q. Acevedo, who was an antique gun engraver and my first teacher. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and have also studied at Santa Monica College in California and Universidad Nacional Aut?noma de M?xico in Mexico City, concentrating in Spanish, Mexican art, culture, and history. My work has been exhibited in various U.S. cities. Currently, I work in the Chicago area as an independent artist.

My art is inspired by memories, vintage photographs, dolls, poetry, and unsettling human interactions. I am moved by children?s thoughts?their perceptions and fears?and the idea of how situations like death or abuse can mean a loss of childhood. I am especially drawn to childhood memories, which are often illustrated in my work as muddied layers, levels, and fragments. Few of those memories are mine. Most are of other women who have recounted events of their unfortunate childhoods.

The idea of ?memory as layers? is most evident in my collages, and in my assemblages predominantly through the use of nostalgic objects, drawers, boxes, layers of paper, text, and sound. These pieces are often interactive. The work on canvas and paper illustrates layers through the use of multiple glazes, layering of paper, and the use of several images.

Because collaging frees my imagination, I work in this medium to produce fantastical narratives. I often employ high-contrast photocopied photography and then expand on these collages in large-scale oil paintings. Similarly, I draw or paint still-lifes of dolls, using them as a catalyst to large surreal mixed media pieces.

About Artwork:

This painting is based on a collage I created several years ago. There is a special story behind this bird painting. During one of my visits to Mexico City, I came across an image that I found compelling and used it as a catalyst for the collage. The image is that of ?El Santo Ni?o de las Suertes?. According to the legend, dating back to the early 19th century, two missionaries were on their way to Tlalpan. As they approached their destination, they heard a child?s cries. Intrigued and surprised because the area was not inhabited, they searched the place where they heard the cries and found a boy who was barely four months old. Upon picking him up, the child became a sculpture, and simultaneously a spring began to flow from the ground. This spring is called "Ojo del Nino" and can be found in present day Tlapan.

Coincidentally, I appropriately chose water as part of the collage although I was unfamiliar with the legend until I completed the painting. In fact, I used the image of the cranes on water to convey serenity?the fish, whimsy, and the color I added to the skulI, did all in memory of a friend.







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