Monotyping is a printmaking process. Brushes, rollers, palette knives and various tools are used to apply oils on a sheet of clear Plexiglas. Paper laid on top of the oil painted Plexiglas is rolled through a press. Pressure transfers the image to the paper, thus a monotype. The master printer and artist work together to perfect a technique.
A second piece of paper can be placed on the same, now almost paint free, piece of Plexiglas and run through the press again. The result is a lighter, different original referred to as a “ghost image.”
The original works of art allow the artist to react to color and emotion very directly.
The monotype is a unique form of painting favored by artists since the seventeenth century. Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, Degas, Chagall, and Gauguin all explored this medium. The possibilities are as endless as the imagination.
Mary Edna’s daughter Reba West Fraser interned for Hand Graphics Print Shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and pulled all of the prints in this series.