Cynthia Motian McGuirl

"Dire Cation"
2016 8.5" x 7" x .75" 16 Lenox rag pages
copper, paper etchings, lithograph, ink drawing, letterpress, original hand marbled papers, waxed linen, silk

My dreams hold a strong message from my ancestors to tell their stories. My maternal relatives were Armenians who lived in Turkey until the early 20th century. Although I knew some stories about them, they were laden with holes and inconsistencies. I started researching by reading about the Armenian Genocide and Armenian history. I found uncanny connections to both my dreams and life choices. I found myself drawing the dreams and the narratives. I created portraits of the people I wanted to know better. I have discovered larger themes that are important to me: human rights, the perception of history, women’s rights, and justice. I hope the work will lead both the viewer and me to further insights.