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AP1 research - rock formation



Sedimentary rock example



Possibly explore how the natural formation of stone can link to the artists formation of stone.


Stone formation = a natural process of creating new shapes and landscapes.


How does this work? How does this relate to the art of creation?



  • 3 main types of rock = sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic.

  • Processes of rock formation = melting, cooling, eroding, compacting, or deforming,(process driven - can link to the process driven way in which my art practice is driven).



Sedimentary Rocks


Formed through a combination with other rock or organic material such as shells. This is created through the gradual break down of organic rocks - action of water passing over an object to slowly wear it down - forming sand and mixing with other organic and biological materials like shells bones and plants. - these are then compressed into rock

Process of erosion - breaking solids into fragments

as sediments settle - gravity and pressure forcing the materials down the compress - lowest parts become compacted and turn to stone


Key actions:


Compressing, tension, degrading, breaking down (these processes could be translated into my own working process)


Example stones:


limestone, halite, and flint, coal




Metamorphic Rocks


Rocks changed by heat and immense pressure


2 classes - foliated and nonfoliated


Foliation = when rock is put under pressure the minerals line up in layers. Foliation is where elongated minerals are aligned through pressure - this creates the textures and colours within the stone e.g. granite


Nonfoliated = formed in same way but do not contain minerals - no layered appearance. They can also be formed through metamorphism - when magma comes in contact with surrounding rock



Key actions:


Heating, stretching, layering, turning liquid, clash of solid and liquid, melting





Igneous Rocks


Igneous rocks - Latin for Fire - forms when molten material cools and becomes solid.


They can be formed inside the earth (Intrusive rocks) or formed outside earths crust (extrusive) - these would be examples of volcanic rock - where molten lava interacts with the worlds surface - key to how landmasses were formed.


Example rocks


intrusive rocks = Granite and diorite - course, large mineral grain - due to time spent cooling down - creates large mineral crystals


extrusive rocks = basalt and obsidian - fine texture, small mineral grain - due to quicker speed the lava cools - crystals have less time to form

These rocks can also have a texture covered in holes - due to gas bubbles being released from magma = pumice stone







Pitts Rivers Visit







Archive of stones, precious stones, fossils - exploring rock formation - the material quality of stone


Use references of textures, colours, shapes, forms, structure within my own work.




How the formation of rock can relate to my own work?


Terrazzo as a form of sedimentary rock - role as artist in creating my own stones.


My fabric sculptures are a way of playing with the materiality of stone - changing its perception - disrupting its normal materiality of a solid and turning it into a flowing material - almost referencing the molten state of rock



Fabric print sculpture



These fabrics sculptures could be further resolved by considering the formation of rock and how I might take inspiration from the processes and actions to activate my fabric pieces - such as bending, folding and compressing to form new shapes - evoke a sense of a liquid rock - as if molten.








Society, N., 2022. The Rock Cycle. [online] National Geographic Society. Available at: <https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/rock-cycle/> [Accessed 19 April 2022].



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