Mimicking waving waves or marbled topography, artist Jasmine Cadenhead works with resin to create textured, glossy canvases.
Inspired by landscapes (sea and land), the artist uses a locally-sourced, plant-based resin to create her scenes. In addition to her personal art practice, Cadenhead is also an art therapist with a focus on trauma therapy, and has worked with leaders in the field such as Deepak Chopera as well as leads retreats and workshops in field. The artist invited Farmboy Fine Arts into her Vancouver studio to allow us to see more of her intricate process and body of work.
Cadenhead uses thickly applied plant-based resin, natural pigments, and salt water to create her rich, almost sculptural canvas pieces. The artist employs naturally derived paint pigments like those made from riverbed silt—three shades each made from the same material, fired at different heats to produce three different colors. Another pigment used by the artist, a vibrant red, is created from Cochineal insects. Cadenhead’s artworks are reminiscent of precious gemstones, shorelines, or deep ocean waves—emanating from the biological origins of her material.
Applied in five to seven layers, Cadenhead’s resin must be worked with quickly at the material sets from fluid to solid. The process is laborious—each layer must be watched over a two-hour period while it sets before the 10-hour drying period required for each additional layer. The results retain their gestural impulses, feeling free and organic, while simultaneously feeling slow and permanent—like geologies formed over thousands of years.