Chinese ink and seawater from Ile d’Yeu on paper.
100 x 70 cm.
Signed on the recto.
The paper is brushed with seawater, following which there is a long pause to allow the seawater to evaporate and the artist to draw his image with Chinese black ink.
Both these activities happen together, working with Time to finish the drawing before the paper completely dries. It is a surprising and extraordinary process, showing how the Chinese ink reacts with the salty surface of the paper! The crystals of salt will remain solidly embedded in the paper fiber, producing a subtle and beautiful iridescence and giving the ink drawing a delicately diffused quality.
Quite by chance several years ago, Sakata discovered this very interesting reaction…. the Chinese ink changes its permeability to water, according to the density of the mineral salts in the seawater.
Delicate black motifs are created by the diffusion of ink and salty water and the various size of crystals formed by evaporation on the surface of the paper. Unfortunately, it is impossible to show these fine effects with a photograph and the magical light reflected by the crystals of salt!
The artist also uses rock salt coming from different mines from all over the world (Wieliczka in Poland, Khewra in Punjab ...). Rock salt is an ‘Ocean’ which disappeared several million years ago!!! It contains more mineral elements than today’s seawater and its solution gives a very different effect.
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