The Questions was made through the printmaking process of Linocut, which comes under the category of Relief Printing, much like Woodcut or Wood Engraving. This means protruding surface areas of the block are inked and printed rather than the grooves, which is referred to as Intaglio, such as Etching or Polymer Photogravure. In Linocut, the relief block is linoleum and in Ade’s case, a very large block of linoleum is used. The size of The Questions was defined by an error of communication in which Ade was given the bed size of a press instead of the print size. He was making these enquiries as he wanted The Questions to be his biggest work to date which it still remains and so funnily enough, the work was based on the bed size of a press: a whopping 180cm by 110cm.
After purchasing the linoleum, Ade dyed it an orange/brown colour so he can see marks made clearly. As he scratches or carves into the surface any areas marked will be the colour of the linoleum beneath, a white/grey. The surface that is unmarked will be the colour of the orange dye. Ade worked on The Questions for seven months. This puts in perspective the intricate levels of detail that goes into one of his prints. Ade will use etching needles or ‘anything sharp’ to mark into the linoleum which is heated for ease of carving. As I said previously Ade will not proof the block once until he is sure the work is complete. The Questions was printed at Peacock’s in Aberdeen where the press had to be modified using plywood as the print was too large.