The grain that will sprout
2019, intarsia, lacobel glass, indian ink, LED lighting, wood, 56 x 85 cm (ID: 4022)
Intarsia is a form of wood inlaying that is similar to marquetry. The start of the practice dates from before the seventh century AD. The technique of intarsia inlays sections of wood (at times with contrasting ivory or bone, or mother-of-pearl) within the solid wood matrix of floors and walls or of table tops and other furniture; by contrast marquetry assembles a pattern out of veneers glued upon the carcass. The word intarsia may derive from the Latin word interserere (to insert). Intarsia uses varied shapes, sizes, and species of wood fitted together to create a mosaic-like picture with an illusion of depth. Intarsia is created through the selection of different types of wood, using their grain pattern and coloring to create variations in the pattern. After selecting the specific woods for the pattern, the woodworker cuts, shapes, and finishes each piece. Some areas of the pattern may be raised to create more depth.
Indian ink - consists of carbon black combined with water. It forms a waterproof film when dried. The binding agent can be gelatin or, more commonly, shellac. It has superior lightfastness and can be used on a variety of substrates. It is used in medical applications.