The main concept I'm pushing with this series of rubbings is space. To imply depth through calculated application of simple shapes on a surface is an interesting exploration of atmospheric perspective. My first rubbing used various different organic and manufactured surfaces, combined to produce an abstract forest. The first layer of the rubbing was comprised of various trees, transferred to the surface by wrapping the paper around the matrix (the tree), and rubbing down the trunk in dispersed portions of the page. Following that, I moved on to manufactured objects, the first being the heating grates found in the print studio, meant to loosely imply towering trees (very loosely). The final components were the top of a rosin container and the edge of a ruler. The rosin container is meant to imply treetop foliage, while the jagged distribution of the ruler's edge can allude to mountainous formations.
The next rubbing is much more simple, but carefully distributed with the consideration of spacing and applied pressure to truly engage the viewer in atmospheric perspective. The subject is simply a sprawling ocean, the shape of the waves made with a French curve. As distance gains, the pressure of the rubbing decreases and the surface area covered is lessened.
For the last rubbing, in a different conceptualization of what space can be, I chose to illustrate volumetric forms through use of value on a flat wall. The pattern of the wall shows through void of depth in every object, but the forms emerge through the darkness/lightness of the matrix's application to the surface.