Sunday May 05 , 2013: commissioned linoleum cut illustration for the Travel Section of the New York Times, on a personal journeys on Angola ” In a Dusty West African Town, a Dollar and a Meal ” by Paul Theroux
” Squeezing her rusty tongs again, the woman asked, “Qual?” (“Which one?”) Though I was hungry, I waved her away, retching at the thought of eating any of those chicken legs. Yet I had not eaten all day, and it had been a long and tiring journey, of harassment, of the border crossing, of the sight of misery and naked children playing in dust, flies crawling on their eyes and in the sores on their bodies. The off-road detours had been especially exhausting from the bucking and bumping of the vehicle. And the checkpoints, the shakedowns, the roadblock dictators. “
Sunday New York Times’ Travel newspaper, May 12 , 2013.
Sunday New York Times page and original linoleum block cut used for the picture making reproduced on the paper
Sunday New York Times Web page
Creating the original linoleum prints: drawing, cutting and printing process
linoleum block printing in progress
Newspaper’s texts © copyright The New York Times. Drawings linoleum cuts, photographs and texts © copyright Raymond Verdaguer, 2013.
“ hello raymond! i was just thinking of you because i’m doing a printmaking unit in my art class right now. we’re talking about pop art and being able to “manufacture” art and how that’s what design is, etc. etc. i will show my students your most recent art – i think it’ll be good for them to see that people are currently making prints: that it’s not just a thing of the past. “Raymond reply:
Thank you Giacinta. I think you hit right on the nail on basically what i have been trying to achieve. One could find painting on ancient caves and still claim painting being a modern idea, or at least not incompatible with it,While for printmaking [ generally label prints] is consider as a remote old idea, therefore having nothing to do with the reality of our ‘modernity’ while nothing could be further from the truth. Certainly, I have try to demonstrate this fact over a decade period with my newspapers publication, they require speed, tight and short deadline. I’m planning to elaborate on this matter in a near future.