Over Shadow, Under Light is an installation of light sculptures by Teesside-based artist Namita Vijayakumar, whose work creates immersive experiences through the mediums of drawing, sculpture and installation.
This space provides the opportunity for organised groups to display their own objects and archives, supported by those from the museum’s collection.
The exhibition explores the surrounding landscapes of the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire. The sculptures are based on the topography of notable hills and landforms in the Cleveland Hills, such as Roseberry Topping and Urra Moor. By illuminating these local hills with colourful light, visitors are encouraged to explore and connect with their local landscape. The exhibition can be experienced by walking around the sculptures and listening to sound recordings of the locations depicted.
The sculptures have been inspired by traditional techniques used in Japanese paper lantern making, and the work of Japanese-American artist and designer Isamu Noguchi. In the 1950s, Noguchi designed ‘Akari’ light sculptures, which presented a modernist take on paper lanterns by using abstract shapes. These designs were then modelled into lamps, many of which are still produced today. Research into the craft of lantern making resulted in an interpretation of the method, which was used to create the sculptures.
The work in this exhibition has been produced with support from TWI Technology Centre Middlesbrough and Creative Factory Middlesbrough. Creative Factory is Middlesbrough Council’s Great Places Tees Valley project and supported by Arts Council England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Tees Valley Combined Authority.