Study of Thumbprints (no.2), Rachel Elise Thomas, Photography ’24


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    20″ x 30″

    Black archival watercolor paper and white block printing ink.

    This 20″x30″ piece is comprised of over 2,000 gradients of my thumbprint. Using white block printing ink on black watercolor paper, it is the precursor to the thumbprint mural that’s on my studio wall–which has over 20,200 gradients of my thumbprint.

    This is a rare, one of a kind piece of artwork! This version is the only one that exists.

    Item is located in Lathrup Village, Michigan. Local pickup available. Domestic shipping is available for an additional fee. Contact for a custom shipping quote.

    Rachel Elise Thomas (b. 1988) is a Detroit-born, lens-adjacent, multidisciplinary artist and designer, who obtained her BFA in Photography from the College for Creative Studies (’19).

    Thomas primarily works in traditional/digital collage and documentary photography where the two mediums often overlap. Incorporating personal and familial photographs and artifacts, her work explores issues concerning identity, family, spirituality, womanhood, and the secrecy that revolves around the Black experience.

    Thomas is also heavily influenced by her collection of Black publications including Ebony, Essence, and Jet magazines from the 1940s through the 2000s. An integral part of her practice involves high resolution scanning and printing with the use of different grades of paper in large format, the effect of which amplifies the viewing experience.

    As a freelancer, Thomas has worked for several digital and print publications contributing portraiture or artwork to InStyle, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek, National Geographic, among others.

    In the fall of 2022, Thomas began her MFA journey with an emphasis in Photography at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (’24), whose non-traditional program helps her expand her studio practice while growing in ways that compliment her multidisciplinary approach.

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