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Enrique Chagoya

Mexican, b. 1953

Enrique Chagoya was a visiting artist to The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the Printmaking Department during the Spring of 2003, during which time he met with students, lectured about his work and created this etching; a part of his ongoing dialogue with the politically charged prints of Fransico Goya.  Before he arrived in Providence, Chagoya asked if The RISD Museum’s collection contained Goya’s print “The Men in Sacks (Los Ensacados), 1816 or after, from the series, “Proverbios.”  During a break from  his activities in the department, he looked at the print in the Museum.  In his hotel room that evening, he was able to transfer the outline of the image onto the copper plate, working from a reproduction in a book.  The image was etched in acid the next day, and tones were added with aquatint and the mushroom cloud with spit-bite.  As a final touch, Chagoya made a drawing of a mushroom, requesting that it be made into the rubber stamp printed in red in the lower margin of the image.

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