“Sound and light do so much to shape a space – they provide contours, contrast, perspective and above all, atmosphere. I only had a few days before the builders arrived to commence renovation work, but for at least two of those days I sat and watched how light affected the factory. Built in a ‘horseshoe’ shape and surrounded by tall buildings, a particular spot may only be illuminated for a few minutes before passing into shadow. This piece and indeed the photos of glass was the result of waiting, observing and praying that what I experienced would happen again before my time in the factory was up”.
Sounds from active industrial heritage sites (Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and Blists Hill Foundry) have been recorded and manipulated by the artist to highlight the harmonic content of noises that would have been a feature of factory life at Newman Brothers. The results are featured in the short audiovisual piece below and also within two of the Shrouds compositions.
Focusing on surface texture, multiple images taken from around the Newman Brothers factory prior to its renovation track light movement inside the building across notches, drill holes and floor impressions. Captured within the projected shadows are recurring crosses – referencing some of the funerary wares that were manufactured at Newman Brothers.