Within the Ruin is Colour

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    Annotated photograph of a ruin.
    Annotated photograph of a ruin.
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    Diagram outlining the characteristics of the industrial ruin.
    Diagram: Characteristics of the Industrial Ruin
    Jade Manbodh
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    Samples from industrial ruins
    Samples
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    Pigments and inks from industrial ruins.
    Pigments and inks from industrial ruins.
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Jade Manbodh
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The industrial ruin is overlooked, undervalued and growing dull. Continually classified as stagnant ecologies, these places are full of agency encompassed in its post-industrial matter. This research sets out to use colour as the pivotal lens in changing our perception of the industrial ruin. Intrinsically tied to the makeup of material, colour challenges the relationship between materiality and perception of space. When broken down into pigments, entrenched divisions between what’s human and what’s natural, what’s healthy and what’s toxic, what’s valuable and what’s waste are abolished. Instead, there is a spectrum of hues in this material ambiguity. Drawing from a year of collecting, cataloguing, mapping and preserving this spectrum, I acknowledge the vital materiality of post-industrial matter. Each hue, derived from with a unique economic, environmental and social past, becomes a different character in a greater narrative of industrial culture.