Clyde Richard Brittain
See it On Campus: Level 1Visitor Info
I'm located on the first floor (basement) of the ECU campus, to your immediate left in the hallway once exiting the double elevators.
Ruin Seeds I & II
Ruin Seeds are an exploration inspired by Boaventura de Sousa Santos’ concept of “ruin seeds”. Santos describes ruin seeds as fragments of past or suppressed cultures that re-assert themselves, sometimes by way of physical ruins of buildings or artefacts. These seeds represent past cultures that had not yet lost their power to imagine alternate futures and so serve to remind us there are ways of thinking and existing outside of the current dominant narrative of capitalism, colonialism, and patriarchy. Ruins are seen by Santos as living things and the seed of an idea representing a past reality, existing in the present and offering hope for a future that diverges from the harmful aspects of Eurocentric modernism.
With this in mind, I drew upon the visual language of botanical and anatomical illustration to create a metaphorical depiction of ruin seeds. I imagined what they might look like if they were an actual seed and how they would manifest themselves as a living plant. This process of thought led me first to create the copper plate etchings Ruin Seed I and II, which I painted with watercolours.
Ruin Seed III: Harappan Water Palm
I continued to pursue this line of thought which led to a series of three linoblock prints of a ruin seed at various stages of development: seed, sprout and mature plant. I used these prints as the basis for a short animated film and created a soundscape to accompany it.