One of the most arresting works in Close's oeuvre is the Lucas/Paper Pulp. This large-scale black-and-white artwork looks, at a glance, like an Impressionistic rendering made up of blobs of white, gray, and black paint. But look closer: the work is actually made of paper pulp in varying shades, which has been squeezed through stencils in many layers to create the final image.
One of the things that make Close’s work fascinating to study is the method he used to create them. Close suffered from severe dyslexia and “face blindness,” or prosopagnosia which made it very difficult to remember and recognize faces. He found contemplating an entire face at once to be “overwhelming,” and so he began breaking faces up into gridded segments, focusing on each square individually. The process was also a means of helping the artist imprint the faces of loved ones on his memory. Considered the pioneer of Photorealism, Close once said "By putting little marks together, a face is a road map of someone's life."
Created in 2006, this piece is a stenciled handmade paper print in nine colors It is hand-signed by Chuck Close in pencil in the lower margin and numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower margin.