Above + Below: Land forms

2019

"...with the facade of strength in the rocky exposures on my island home, fractures and rifts appear contradicting the silent permanence of our landscape. There is a sense of fragility, instability and precariousness. In these forms, marks, patterns, textures, beautiful irregularities and imperfections exist."

Above

The topography of our island home is dominated by rocky exposures, the most prominent of which are the dolerite pillars on mountaintops and sea edge cliffs. Over eons, geological processes have shaped these forms, through weathering and glaciation following the natural cycle of creation and destruction.

 

The forms are constantly being altered, degraded and ultimately re-created as new layers of strata. With the façade of strength, fractures and rifts appear contradicting the silent permanence of our landscape. There is a sense of fragility, instability and precariousness. In these forms and the marks, patterns and textures, beautiful irregularities and imperfections exist.

 

I trace with my eyes the marks, forms and the slither of space between, offering a glimpse to a darkened dimension of a world that I will never come to know. 

 

Below

I imagine how the forms on the surface appear beneath. I have studied maps and diagrammatic representations that detail subterranean geological forms and mineral deposits. I have seen core that has been drilled from the surface to explore the unknown depths of the earth's crust. I have no technical knowledge to really understand what it would be like. Instead, I allow my imagination to create fractures, spatial dimension, parallel and divergent forms below. 

 

Above + Below: Land forms

I draw these land forms as their attributes circle in my mind. With my tool in hand I glide through the linoleum to re-create a sense of these forms, above and below, forever undergoing change. 

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Catherine
Rogers
printmaker