This painting by Jean Cate is made with salt, ink and watercolor on a wooden panel. In this series, Cate experiments with materials in several iterations, revisiting compositions with a more maximalist approach. Bright cerulean hues ripple through the deep navy ink to achieve an oceanic composition, evoking the relationship between the mysterious depth and placidity of the sea. In her investigations, Cate creates a composition that is both radiating and absorbing, the subtle grain of the birchwood panel swirling beneath layered shades of blue.
Ink, salt, and watercolor on birchwood panel 16” x 20” x 1.5”
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.