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Intaglio hand pulled print Faith
Faith 8/12
7 3/4" x 5 7/8"

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This image was inspired by a photograph of my grandmother and her sister taken in 1926 in Aleppo, Syria. They sent it as a postcard to their aunt whom they were going to join in Cuba. They lived as refugees in Syria after their escape from Turkey in 1924 (see “The Tunnel”). I love their modern outfits! I think the strong visual cross on my grandmother’s dress is appropriately symbolic of her immense Christian faith. I think that faith is what helped her to survive 10 years as a “maid” to a Muslim family in her hometown of Malatya, Turkey. Neither woman was able to talk much about what happened during those ten long years. Both women had nightmares about that time their entire lives- even 50- 60 years after the events.


Handpulled, drawn and printed by Cynthia McGuirl

TITLE: “Faith”
DATE: 2005
MEDIUM: Intaglio: hardground, softground, aquatint, chine colle
IMAGE SIZE: 7 3/4” x 5 7/8”
PAPER: Rives BFK tan 250 gr / Japanese bishamon (chine colle)
PAPER SIZE: 10” x 9”
INK: Gamblin Portland Black

Designation Definition

WP Working Proofs: 3
x/x Arabic Numbered: 12
TP Trial Proofs:
II x/x Series #2 Edition: 4
(triptych with “Fire” & “Bondage”)
CTP Color Trial Proofs: 3
III x/x Series #3 Edition: 4
(diptych with “Fire”)
AP Artist Proofs: 2
IV x/x Series #4 Edition : 8
(double image with “Fire”)
VE Variant Edition: 4
S1 State 1:
S2 State 2: