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Celmins's intense monochromatic images of the night sky, based on photographs, focus on small and individual marks in the context of vastness. The images seem fragile because they record a specific human glimpse through a telescope or camera which is ephemeral and frozen in time. Celmins's serial exploration of her subjects, including the night sky, allows the artist to exploit the distinct characteristics of the variety of media she uses. The photograph used as the source material for this woodcut was taken at Venice Beach, Los Angeles in about 1969. Celmins used a very small amount of ink on the woodblock, leaving a thin skin printed on the paper.