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).
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
Compressing, tension, degrading, breaking down (these processes could be translated into my own working process)
limestone, halite, and flint, coal
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
Heating, stretching, layering, turning liquid, clash of solid and liquid, melting
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.
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].