Even Raymond's most serious works bear witness to his playfulness, wit and poetry. In the course of collecting, a photographic portrait came into his possession of Lydia Jacob, a seamtress who lived in Strassburg during the latter part of the 19th century. Her name and the remnants of her history became the originating impulse for a continuing cycle of works, the "Lydia Jacob Story", on which Raymond has been working since 1973. Could it be said that she became his anima? The artist says, "Lydia Jacob? C'est moi".
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