Thomaston, Maine:: Cynthia Motian McGuirl,, 2016.. One-of-a-Kind. 6.75 x 8025"; 12 pages. Stitching; Bound in marbled paper over boards. Signed and dated by the artist. Laid in cloth-covered clamshell box with title label inset on front cover. Signed and dated by the artist Cynthia Motian McGuirl: "Mean Mother is also the title of the etching on the cover of the book. An older relative I connected with through genealogy research told me the story of my Grandfather's step-sister. I'd never heard anything much about her before. This man was adopted by her and her husband, so I automatically thought they must have been nice people. When he got to the end of his story, I realized what a mean, abusive person she was. I felt like he hadn't told many people these things. Hence the secrets people keep and the dual nature of many personalities. "The cut figures: Every summer I attend an outdoor life drawing group where I sometimes cut silhouettes instead of drawing. It has always amazed me that many people find drawing nudes shocking or offensive. The beauty of the human form can also have a dual nature. The object in the pocket of the book is a woodcut of my Grandmother on one side and a kind of toy with an etched snake tail and miniaturized silhouette. Humor and play can be an antidote to sad stories.
(Inventory #: 21993)
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