Fault lines

Fault lines continued:

I am still trying to see which images constitute my body of work so I am playing with the fault lines for now.

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Fig. 1: Rock with fault lines.  © A.Goodchild 2018.
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Fig. 2: Fault lines isolated.  © A.Goodchild 2018.
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Fig. 3: Fault lines and content. © A.Goodchild 2018.

Am I right in thinking that for viewers who don’t know what I am trying to say, Fig. 1 would be the most literal;  Fig. 2 would be too abstract, while Fig. 3 would be the most ambiguous?

Fault lines blown up and filled in

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See also my study day feedback on the other fault lines I investigated.

Fault lines blown up

At OCA Visual Communications tutor Stephen Monger’s suggestion, I have had my images printed as big as I could:

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Fellow student Catherine Banks has suggested that I put them alongside the original rocks – which is a terrific idea & I will do that as soon as I have caught up with all my work.

Experiment 2: Fault diversion

22nd June, 2018

Following my tutor’s response,  I have looked at the work of Marco Breuer and really like some of his work which has led me to explore ‘fault lines’ in my geology project in a different way:

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The Breuer work which I particularly like is:

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I like it because the focus is overtly on lines and the viewer has to fill in the rest.  My work is also about lines but, taken in their geological context, they are about a specific kind of line: a fault line which leaves the viewer imagining what caused it, and seeing its aftermath.  Transfer that to a social context and you can imagine all sorts of events and clashes which have left their mark on people … but you can also just leave it at the door of a geological theatre.

In Caleb Charland‘s work, I am particularly drawn to the ‘Pendulum and candle’ work because that has mathematically defined lines created by the wax falling on paper yet they are all different.

His artificial light images are interesting in that they might inform my plant images in LandWorks.

Philippa Lawrence’s website is undergoing reconstruction so I could not see her work as she wants to show it but I saw an article of her work at Spike Island, Bath.  In it, she is attributed the following:

“Her work pivots on material exploration, drawing out a material’s ability to carry metaphor and speak of human experience, and in a positioning of materials to assist an understanding or an analysis of site and a re-activation of space. She is especially interested in the potential for the language of textiles to connect people to place.”

I suppose that this is what I am trying to achieve too, with the fault lines in my rocks carrying a metaphor for human experience.  Textiles are also relevant because I aim to make a quilt with the cyanotype prints on a cotton material for my exhibition in July 2019.

But lines are the essence of my work for me at the moment.

Rocks rock 15thJune 2018

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:

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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 with Richard Sunderlandin 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:

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This is the outline I drew from following the fault lines and the stretched pixel lines:

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Finally, I overlaid the image over a stretched/ pixellated sandstone background also taken from the same quarry:

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Then I painted in the blocks as I saw fit.

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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:

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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.

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