He is assisted in this endeavor by the young seamstress Lydia Jacob (born 1876), his fantasy protagonist, muse, and alter ego. A variety of his works are jointly signed by the two of them. Lydia Jacob's story, which is based on a manuscript discovered at the Strasbourg flea market, is bestowed new life in his works.
Their shared journeys around the world are reflected in ceramics, painted records, animal sculptures, and African masks composed from objets trouvé. The entire corresponding world and environment are often compressed and packed within an object box, the fictional and the real thus entering a symbiosis.
Like an archaeologist, Waydelich excavates the almost forgotten so as to revitalize the memory, as evident in his Memory Paintings. Based upon masterpieces of art history belonging to our collective cultural memory, these works possess high recognition potential. He reworks them with humor and his own pictorial language.
The retrospective Hommage à Raymond E. Waydelich et Lydia Jacob features selected works from the artist's œuvre. Spanning over 40 years of artistic production, the exhibition includes reworked paintings, original drawings, object and shadow boxes, collages, reliefs, and assemblages.