Salt and Dust, Blue V, 2022 - Michel Comte from Light series

Salt and Dust, Blue V

140 x 120 x 4 cm
Pigment, ink, salt on canvas

In his large canvas dust and salt, the hand grand natural pigments and salt dedicate to the beauty of fragility of pure icy head of the high snow mountains. When observing under the natural light, people see the shining ice in mountain Everest far away from the routine life. The blue large canvas depicts earth underneath the melted glaciers. The artist coated the canvas with more than 39 layers of pure mineral pigments and paints. From the first glazing, it is dark black earth jets into the eyes. However like the light before ombre before dawn, the pure blue color slightly penetrates through the surface from the underneath. It brings hope and happiness of life in the deep sorrow of the land.

Comte associates his use of pure black pigment with the dust (cryoconite) that has settled on so many of the world’s melting glaciers, blown in by strong winds and accelerating the ice’s melting process; it can also be interpreted as a metaphor for the decay currently happening in many of the icy areas of the world.

Artist Statement

This artwork showcases one of my blue monochrome pieces. I experimented to achieve the vibrant blue hue, layering red and green beneath the blue pigment. As I work on each layer, I'm fascinated by the transformation it undergoes. I deliberately leave traces visible, embracing imperfections as part of the artistic journey. The pigments I use, including lapis lazuli stone for blue and naturally sourced red, contribute to the rich contrast within the piece. My artistic process involves careful experimentation and layering, often leading to unexpected discoveries.

Climate change is a significant theme in my work, reflecting my concern for the environment. I advocate for art's integration with nature, believing it can inspire action and dialogue on pressing issues. Through my process, I aim to provoke thought and evoke emotion, contributing to meaningful conversations about our relationship with nature and the urgent need for environmental stewardship.