Tracey Moberly and Sarah Hopkins present here a multi-disciplinary and cross platform collaboration based on Power and Industry. The project aims to examine these themes using synaesthetic imagery, creating an immersive and multi sensory experience for the viewer.
United in their passion for creativity in all its forms and with a fascination for industrial architecture and processes, the artists discovered a closer bond. As they shared and developed their practices, they discovered that their fathers had all had life-long careers in UK steel industry. The Power Project is therefore a very poignant gesture towards the industry that unfolded and became so important in their lives from a young age. The scale and all-encompassing nature of the steel industry is accentuated in these silk screen prints.
An in-depth guided tour of Tata steelworks in Port Talbot and Forgemasters in Sheffield highlighted and further extended the wealth of collaborative possibilities. The work has so far manifested itself in a series of collagraphs, limited edition screen prints and photography, and a further collaborative film project with Martin Ware.
Work is scheduled to begin on a series of four giant textile hangings informed by an in-depth socio-political history of the areas, in part influenced by the tradition of trade union banners.