Boston, MA: 2010. Artist's book, one of 20 editioned copies, 12 in each set, each saint behind a "door" or cover which opens to reveal an image of the woman, with the biography on the back of the image, printed on an Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printer in Lucida calligraphy 12 and 14point, on Rising Stonehenge white paper, 245gsm, signed by both artists, Mary McCarthy and Shirley Veenema, on the printed colophon page laid in at the back. Page size: 8.5 x 6 inches; each woman saint with the month of her martyrdom on black label collaged to front of folio booklet, the first page a "door" to open to the image of the saint, with her name and of whom she is patron saint, for example, January is Elizabeth Seton / Patron to the Loss of Parents or Children. Bound: each fascicle is hand-sewn and is composed of collaged images. The set of 12 women saints are housed in a tan cloth over boards box of tan Commodore KCT cloth over binders board, lined with Ingres paper that has collaged paper and acrylic paint bas relief of resembling heavy medieval door, fastened with matching tie closure and toggle on side of box.
Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Veenema created two unique three-dimensional books exploring the lives of women saints while visiting New Mexico in 2009 - with Ms. Veenema photographing doors and Ms. McCarthy exploring stories of the saints. They started working together to create the calendar / story of women's lives from the first to the twentieth century. For this edition, they photographed the two unique sets of three-dimensional books and collaged the printed images adding printed text where the hand-written text appeared to make this printed edition of 20. Each saint's image has additional handwork; each door is cut to reveal the underlying image of the saint. Art and dress of the time of each saint was used as reference for design images. Their stories vary. Some were treated badly because of their faith. Others were treated badly because they were women. Some were beautiful and wealthy and unwilling to succumb to the wishes of men. All were willing to sacrifice their life for their faith. Their stories are the stories of women's lives over the past two millenium. Among those included are Mother Seton, Brigid of Kildare, Joan of Arc, Mary Magdalene, Hildegarde of Bingen, Winefride, and Catherine of Siena. A fascinating and beautiful story of women's lives of the past two thousand years. Item #10406