A trace monotype is made by laying paper down on an inked piece of plexiglass, then drawing a design on the back of the paper. The drawing tool presses the paper against the ink, making a dark line on the front of the paper. There’s often a smudgy look made by fingerprints, and a shadowy look around the line as the pressure, and therefore the amount of ink, fades away from the line.
Trace monotypes can easily be combined with other forms of painting, drawing, and printmaking for a variety of marks and expressions.
American, 1910 – 2011
Untitled (Radar), from the series Machines, ca. 1949
Trace monotype on paper
Sheet: 45.7 x 30.4 cm (18 x 11 15/16 inches)