A Brief Look: Matt Griffin’s ‘Other Seas / Other Suns’

 

 

Until October 24, 1946 humankind had no true vision of what the space beyond our atmosphere looked like. The first photograph of space was taken by a 35mm camera attached to a V-2 missile launched from the New Mexico desert. This first image read like a sonogram — grains of black and white, the rim of Earth, its surface rendered in dim clusters of speck and gray. With a patient eye the continents appeared. The clouds above the land.

Space exists as a reality and an idea — we can now see the expanse of planets with some clarity, yet questions and assumptions still remain. In his series ‘Other Seas / Other Suns,’ Irish illustrator Matt Griffin gives us an expressionist’s take on the vast unknown. Griffin pulls his illustrations from the supposed beyond, not the NASA-grade images that can measure distance and time.

The series of illustrations acts as visuals for unwritten science-fiction. Griffin veers away from potential horror, opting to look for a strange yet organic other-world, one both vibrant and calm. His illustrations imply more than they make exact. Griffin’s take on space is connected back to that first image of Earth — it’s familiar yet alien, an intimate look at something that exists on a grand scale, placed on a canvas as an embryo, still growing, forming and with enough patience, you can see the end of the universe.

 

 

First photograph from space, October 24, 1946

First photograph from space, October 24, 1946

 

'Other Seas / Other Suns I' by Matt Griffin

‘Other Seas / Other Suns I’ by Matt Griffin

 

'Other Seas / Other Suns II' by Matt Griffin

‘Other Seas / Other Suns II’ by Matt Griffin

 

'Other Seas / Other Suns III' by Matt Griffin

‘Other Seas / Other Suns III’ by Matt Griffin

 

'Other Seas / Other Suns IV' by Matt Griffin

‘Other Seas / Other Suns IV’ by Matt Griffin

 

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