Rocks rock.

Following a major operation and not being able to focus on anything much, I decided to experiment with more pixel stretching and thought I’d leave it here to fill some blog space.
On my desk next to me I have had a printout of an article tutor Brenda Miller had sent us in May in preparation for our OCA SW meeting on 9th June. The article of April 21, 2018, ironically titled “Filling space” has the following image:Screen Shot 2018-06-15 at 16.10.05
The article looks at lines, their 2 dimensionality which changes to 3D when the lines are cut strips of paper dropped on a board, and their change of direction. This and the OCA SW meeting we had in August 2017, with Richard Sunderland in Plymouth who focused on lines in our work, must have worked on my subconscious because I found myself following fracture lines in some rock images I had taken in quarries in the SW.
Rocks for me, are another expression of our lives and bodies which are formed and transformed by events we have been through, some more traumatic than others, but they all leave a sign, visible or felt, of their passing.
This is the first rock image I used:
Rock metamorphosis 1 1550px IMG_0607
This is the outline I drew from following the fault lines and the stretched pixel lines:
Screen Shot 2018-06-10 at 21.32.51
Finally, I overlaid the image over a stretched/ pixellated sandstone background also taken from the same quarry:
Screen Shot 2018-06-15 at 16.26.08
Screen Shot 2018-06-10 at 21.34.48
Then I painted in the blocks as I saw fit.
The vertical and horizontal lines remain from the pixel stretching stage. I usually clone them out but I felt that they added something to this image – possibly a reference to x and y co-ordinates on a map.
Several images followed using different rock images:
Screen Shot 2018-06-08 at 10.30.54
Screen Shot 2018-06-10 at 21.35.09
Muted greys under stretched pixels BW lighter
What does this have to do with my prison / prison garden project? Two main points link the two:
the changes we undergo in our lives don’t always show on the surface, nor do rocks’ changes, and sometimes we choose to mask them with distracting colours and emphases; the ground which nourishes us, our gardens and the plants in them is made up of such vital and mutated minerals.
Acid green on 0607 background 72dpi .png
Making lines:
Trace 2 .png
Trace IMG_0605.jpg
Trace 2 and dragged pixels 2 .png
Large head 2 lines with border 7155.png



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