Salami Dreamin’, a limited-edition artist’s book by Michelle Maguire, features eye-popping, hand-printed images of her blunt, funny, completely unimpressed Italian American Great-Aunt Doll, with colorful Aunt Doll anecdotes by Aaron Beck. Maguire and Beck are married and live in Columbus, Ohio.
Aunt Doll, age 84, has lived in Canton, Ohio, her entire life. She curses, loves cured meats, knows more about the NFL than you do, plays strip mall slot machines with her vegetarian hairdresser of 42 years, isn’t trying to be funny but is, worships the sun from her concrete-slab patio, and frets about nothing except her beloved Italian bread packing on the pounds. Aunt Doll makes the most if it. The gist of her story: enjoy every chicken wing while you holler at the Cleveland Browns on your gigantic analog TV, because we aren’t here forever.
The book is 11.75″ x 14.25” showcasing 68 pages and 14 prints . Printed on Arches 88 mould-made paper using lithography and silkscreen printing techniques by Michael Weigman, Jen Slezak and Logan Schmitt of Floodwall Press; and Stonehenge rag cotton paper using letterpress printing from polymer plates by Michelle Maguire at The Ohio State University, Logan Elm Press . Each copy includes a tipped-in short sheet at the back of the book, which was litho-, silkscreen-, and letterpress-printed on Moriki paper, plus a bonus silkscreen-on-newsprint pamphlet . Limited to 50 numbered and signed copies signature-sewn bound into bonded leather over boards by Brenda Goodwin, Michelle Maguire, and Heather Wetzel at The Ohio State University Libraries Department of Preservation & Reformatting Conservation Lab.