Broken Ink

In depicting rocks, we admire largeness and boldness, hardness and roughness, alum-crystal tops and multiangled surfaces, the thickness or thinness of layering, the weight or depth of rock pressure. Use ink to bring out their firmness and solidity, and the depth or shallowness of concavities and convexities. Brush in texture strokes in light and dark tones, and add dots evenly with tones of high to low intensity. Such are the effects of the “broken ink” technique.
– Han Cho (ca. 1095-1125)

• Shi Zhiying’s Sand Garden satisfies Han Cho’s exacting qualities for painting the texture of a rock. Her work doesn’t belong to any style or time period, and depicts classic subjects without attempting to radically alter them for shock value. The detachment is refreshing in a sea of contemporary art that clamors for attention.

• Emilie’s Ring ripples out in layers of black silver.

• Berenice’s Pendant suspends four sterling silver petals in different states of polish and oxidation.

• Amy’s Driftwood Scarf has a herringbone twill pattern with shades of green, brown, and off-white.

• Edmond’s Abstract painting would work perfectly among sleek and minimal decor.