by Gwen Partin
Monotypes tend to be one-of-a-kind pieces of art, with no two exactly alike. To start, the artist paints or draws on a plate (historically a copper etching plate, but today it might be zinc, glass or acrylic) and then transfers the image onto paper through a pressing. Much of the ink gets removed in that first pressing, making subsequent pressings (if they’re done) slightly different. It’s a method used by local artist Gwen Partin, whose work usually highlights nature themes: flowers, birds, landscapes. For this 10-by-11-inch monotype print at the library, she focuses in on mullein, a Minnesota plant often used in herbal medicine.
Funded by the Minneapolis Public Library percent for art program