Traced Monotypes

Printmaking students are working on traced monotypes, discovered by Paul Gauguin. They learned that in 1891 Gauguin (1848-1903) left France for Tahiti, having abandoned his family, his job as a stockbroker, and what he called ‘the disease of civilization’. Forced to experiment through lack of traditional printing facilities on these islands, he devised the technique of the traced monotype. He described his monotype process:

‘First you roll out printer’s ink on a sheet of paper of any sort; then lay a second sheet on top of it and draw whatever pleases you. The harder and thinner your pencil (as well as your paper), the finer will be the resulting line.’

This one is made by a da Vinci student. The drawing assignment was to create an alter ego.



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