"If Trees Could Talk" With Margot McMahon

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Through interpreting gifts of art from her father, Franklin McMahon, and articles written by her mother, Irene Leahy McMahon, internationally-acclaimed sculptor and author Margot McMahon discovered untold family stories of five generations of her artistic Chicago area family. Hear how her parents, Mac and Irene, fell in love in Oak Park, how she researched, wrote, and came to publish her trilogy—soon to be four books—about her family in Chicago, the Adirondacks, and Ireland.

About Margot McMahon
A lifelong environmentalist, internationally-awarded Margot McMahon sculpts, writes, and paints forms of nature: humans, plants, and animals symbolizing lifeforms fused into organic interpretations. The Smithsonian, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago History Museum, Sokka Gaikai, Mobil Oil, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Steans Family Foundation have collected her sculpture. Margot has recently published with Aquarius Press If Trees Could Talk, a recipient of a National Book Award (NFPW), and Mate E. Palmer First Place Book Award (IWPA).

In December 2022, Margot's fourth book, RESIST!: A Visual History of Protest, Fifty Years of Franklin McMahon's Artwork About Protests, will be published by Aquarius Press. The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art will exhibit the original art of Resist!: A Visual History of Protest December 17-February 12. Learn more about Margot McMahon »