Departing Visions by Dorothy McCuistion

In July of 2022 my brother-in-law Hugh was coming to the end of his life. He was far away in another state and unconscious. I spent many days in the summer sun making cyanotypes and thinking about Hugh. Included in the prints I made are objects that are symbols of life and death and a few items representative of Hugh’s life. After he died, my sister Ruth sent a list of “things that made Hugh happy.”  In this book, some of the overlapping words from that list can be easily read and others only read with difficulty as they are printed sideways, upside-down, or layered. Everyone dreams differently, and this book is my vision of what Hugh might have dreamt during the days he was letting go of his physical life. I imagined him moving through his life and remembering the things that brought pleasure and joy. This book reflects a life lived boldly with energy and passion.

Artist Bio

Dorothy McCuistion is a printmaker and book artist and lives and works in Tacoma, Washington. She drawn to exploring human interaction with the natural world, but she is open to and inspired by many subjects. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and U.K. and is held in university collections, Bainbridge Island Art Museum, and private collections. She is represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers.