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6-color direct gravure
Since the late 70s Close has employed his fingerprint technique in a variety of media, including lithography, ink, and oils. Close states, “A finger is a blunt and kind of a dumb tool, but if you’re drawing with a pencil you have to feel through it, or a brush, or whatever you try to have be an extension of your hand. In this case it actually is my hand, so I can feel how much ink I am picking up, and I can also feel how much ink I am putting down.” As with the other gravures in this series, Close created these prints by pressing his thumb in lithographic ink and with the selective use of an eraser he was able to refine the marks. Close greatly varied the size and shape of the fingerprints and rendered amazing detail as eyelashes, pupils, and individual wisps of hair.