The Saint of Diminished Hopes and Wishes
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2018. One-of-a-Kind.
6.75 x 4.625" hanging book. Materials: binders board, cabinet card, metal, thread, plastic pearls, paper, acetate. Double-sided with portrait image on front with text on back. Signed by the artist.
Maryann Riker: "The Saint of Diminished Hopes and Wishes iconizes an unknown portrait of a Victorian woman who is pensive, yet thoughtful as she gazes at us. Is she wishing for more? Victorian women accepted societal rules and roles that followed very strict rules. She is embroidered and haloed as she passes through life bearing future generations and nurturing them."