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. In this piece, she evokes a mysterious cloudiness in the rich, dark shades. The subtle grain of the birchwood panel swirls beneath applications of deep navy ink, for an effect that is both radiant and absorbing.
Ink and salt on birchwood panel with oak cradle 11” x 14” x 1 1/2”
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."