Concept-based Drawings

Geology, like all disciplines, has its own set of concepts and I’m not alone in finding many of these concepts fascinating in their own right as well as exciting on account of the possibilities they offer for shaping the form and content of artworks.
Here are the beginnings of my combination of geology and art concepts in drawing.
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Making Space

Geologists find it difficult to fully explain how massive plutons come to replace equally large volumes of country rock that originally occupied the same space.
The following drawings arise out of the idea of making space.

Making Space 1, Pencil and crayon on paper 160 x 226mm

Making Space 1
Pencil, crayon and ink on paper
160 x 226mm

Making Space 2, Pencil on Paper 210 x 290mm

Making Space 2
Pencil, crayon and ink on paper
210 x 290mm

Faulting

Compressive and extensive forces associated with earth movements can result in fractures or discontinuities in volumes of rock, across which there can be a significant spacial displacement. Fracturing like this is known as faulting.
The idea of faulting lies behind these drawings.

Fault 1, Pencil on Paper 290 x 210mm

Fault 1
Pencil, crayon and ink on paper
290 x 210mm

Reworking

Natural processes are continually reworking rocks into new arrangements for instance, when a volume of rock is faulted due to earth movements, angular pieces can become detached from the main mass that later become consolidated to form a new rock known as breccia.
The drawings that follow are based on the idea of reworking

Breccia 1, Pencil, crayon and ink on paper 290 x 210mm

Breccia 1
Pencil, crayon and ink on paper
290 x 210mm

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