Lifting The Truth
Out of the muck that Trump created
The FBI search of Mara-Lago is quite the story, rather exciting. I don’t have anything to add to all the coverage, nor could I think of a drawing that would express all of what’s going on. Part of the reason why I can’t think of a drawing is my aversion to drawing Trump again. I did it so much over his term in office, and well before. Bottom line is, I see this as truth finding its way to the surface of very dark muck as of late. How do you draw that???
I just thought of something while writing this.
And it didn’t involve drawing Trump! Although I feel I may need some element of him in there. By the way, as I am writing this, news of him invoking the fifth at his NY deposition just broke.
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I didn’t write as the Mara-Lago news unfolded because I was driving to Vermont with Michael (my spouse) to visit a dear friend. The friend is Ed Koren, the famous New Yorker cartoonist. Ed is a wonderful man as well as a master artist, it was a joy to spend a few hours with him in his studio. His personality is a mixutre of idealism and cynicism, warmth and sarcasm. It’s fantastic.
Here he is in his studio, I didn’t take this photo but got it off the internet.
And if you can’t place his work, here is one of his drawings.
He gave us an etching and some beautiful watercolor paper. Ed is a generous, funny and insightful man and I look forward to visiting him again this fall. If you want to read a really good interview with him, here it is, conducted by Michael. Michael spent hours on the phone with Ed, talking art and cartooning, The New Yorker, and humor. I overheard much comfortable laughter.
What is great about Ed’s work is that he really has his finger on our culture’s pulse and it comes through in his cartoons. Ed doesn’t hit you over the head with it, but invites you into his world and delivers his “punch.” His captions are written with ease and grace, his cartoon people expressive and funny to look at. What more do you want? He makes it a pleaure to laugh at ourselves.
Ed is famous for his fuzzy creatures, here are some bird versions of his imagination on the cover.
Ed Koren is a gem and I feel so grateful to know him. Go check out his work in his books and online and, of course, in The New Yorker.