This painting by Jean Cate is made with salt and ink on a wooden panel. Cate achieves an empyrean composition in her balance of striking bursts of ink and gentle washes with salt to create movement and texture. Cate uses pastels in this piece, creating a blooming effect with pockets of purple and brownish hues. The subtle grain of the birchwood panel swirls beneath applications of deep navy ink, for an effect that is both radiant and absorbing.
Ink, salt, watercolor and pastel on wood panel 10 1/4” x 13 1/4” x 2 1/4” w/ wood frame
Cate has said about this series: "This method of working is driven by the inherent qualities and interactions of each material. Wood is an absorbent ground that reacts and interacts to the applications of water, ink and salt. I find that what I do as the painter, is to respond to those spontaneous material relationships and let the lines in the wood or the trails of ink or bursts of salt guide me to the next gesture. Inspired by traditional Chinese and Japanese ink painting."
Jean Cate is a Chicago based artist and owner of Martha Mae: Art Supplies & Beautiful Things. She studied painting, drawing and ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She creates evocative ink paintings and drawings and while exploring atmosphere, isolation, emptiness and harmony within chaos.