Thomaston, Maine:: Cynthia Motian McGuirl,, 2014.. One-of-a-Kind. 6.75 x 7.25"; 8 leaves. Materials: copper, etchings, marbled papers, and waxed linen thread. Letterpress printed in handset 18 pt. Baskerville. Bound in copper boards. Marbled paper pastedowns. Circular cutout on front board displaying etching. Laid in cloth-covered clamshell box with title label inset on front cover. Signed and dated by the artist. Cynthia Motian McGuirl: "The Dragon Lady Papazian is a story that combines several dreams that I had about my ancient and recent Armenian ancestors. The woodcut is a portrait of Papazian, the leader of my Maternal clan. She led a troupe of traveling performers around the primeval Armenian landscape. "I worked as a waitress for many years, and 'waitress nightmares' are a common theme among the serving staff. This particular dream transformed from running up never ending stairs with food to an insight into the importance of knowing your family history and keeping it alive. "Yeksabet was a real person, my Grandmother's oldest paternal aunt (Horkor in Armenian). She rescued my Grandmother and her sister from 10 years of slavery in Turkey. I only knew her through photos and verbal stories. But for some reason, she is the one who comes to me in dreams urging me to tell the stories.
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