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The Industrial Edgelands


 

           
                         
           
                         
           
                 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                         

My Industrial work started as a response to the down turn in industry within the region. The local crisis is highlighted within the Redcar Steel Works. In 2010/11 it found itself in crisis, as the plant was mothballed it left misery and poverty for the whole community when the plant was mothballed. Foreign investment however, enabled the phoenix to rise from the ashes. With it brought a new hope and optimism to our region. But in 2015, as the world price of steel brought the industry to its knees, the region faces the heavy burden of unemployment once again.

Our capitalist system of economics, is a system built on unstable foundations, it is often left hanging by a thread and is easy to unhinge. The neglect and demise of our industry has destroyed the heritage of the great industrial revolution. The ephemeral steam from the chimneys disappears into the atmosphere, just like the industry that produces it. I have tried to capture these unstable and turbulent times by using the medium in a variety of ways that changes the visual impact of the same location. The use of medium creates the essence of a scene, and creates a variety of atmospheres that ranges from gloom and despair, to hope and optimism.  The decay of industry is depicted in rustic colours and the textural effects of the medium. The stormy skies bring with them the sense of anger and frustration being felt by the local community. The steam engulfing the buildings creates an atmosphere of suffocation. Painted without people, they are scenes of abandonment.

 

Copyright Julie Macbean 2011