This copper plate etching by Jean Cate delicately renders a small branch. The materiality of etching adds an unusual metallic fragility to a botanic drawing more often seen in the softer lines of watercolor or pencil. The scratches of an etching make the branch seem as haptically rough and yet as ephemeral as a small sprig in the wild.
25 3/4" x 15 3/4" Etching on Arches Cold Press Paper
any reflections in the image are due to reflective glass
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.