Cynthia Motian McGuirl has worked in many mediums over the years including hand weaving, printmaking, marbling, and sculpture. Her current work combines these mediums into artist’s books. Motian McGuirl’s books are currently represented by Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers of Alabama.
I feel a strong message from my Armenian relatives to tell their stories. I find myself drawing the dreams and the narratives. I create portraits of the people I want to know better. My work combines what I do know with the black holes that I am trying to fill. I hope the work will lead both the viewer and myself to further insights. Visual art has the power to express that which cannot be known or put into words. As I continue to explore my connections to the past, I have discovered larger themes that are important to me: human rights, the perception of history, women’s rights, and justice.
I use the processes of printmaking as tools for creating the image rather than as a medium of creating duplicates. But you always end up with lots of prints- proofs, imperfect images, a few extras of the finished prints. All that paper lying around just begged to be used so I started cutting it up and putting it together in different ways. I have always been involved with repetitive techniques in my artwork. I currently work with fiber, metal and paper utilizing the techniques of stitching, hammering and bookbinding. I have discovered a back and forth repertoire between creating narrative images and stories and creating objects. I think there’s a meditation that happens in the rhythmic ‘craft’ work that helps the ‘art’ work to evolve. I think craft and art are intertwined and of equal importance.
I try to work in an intuitive way when creating books. One image or word leads to another and when I feel it has come together completely, the book is done. I hope people find the narrative informative and entertaining but that it also inspires them to think about their own stories.