This painting by Jean Cate is made with ink, salt, watercolor and gouache on a wooden panel. In this piece, Cate investigates how strongly light informs our perception of color and how the two transition in tandem. Cate applies a large wash of color to the surface first, then applies the ink and salt, creating bursts of deep, saturated navy hues within the composition. Intricate channels of ink swirl amidst the hazy veil of sage greens. Ink, salt, watercolor, and gouache on birchwood panel with unfinished ink-washed sides 16” x 20” x 1.5”
Jean Cate, the artist, 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."