"Narco Brick Factory"

M. B. Escher's tinted photograph peeks through the window of the Narco Brick Factory from outside in the bushes.

About the Artwork

Artist / Title / Date

M. B. Escher / "Narco Brick Factory" / DATE

About the Piece

In this photo-illustration of one of Renton's defunct industries, M. B. Escher highlights the graffiti inside the deteriorating factory by adding orange tinting to the black-and-white photo, making it the focal point of the photo. The dark shadow surrounding the open window further emphazises the bright view into the factory. The branches in the foreground frame the viewer's point of reference, suggesting that we are watching the factory from the bushes.

Buildings are perpetually dying and being born, though their lifespans are usually longer than our own. Stone cathedrals have given way to the bricks of Escher’s Narco factory and the steel of modern construction. Brick factories like the one depicted in this photo were symbols of progress and innovation during the Industrial Revolution, but now many lie abandoned, replaced by newer technology. The graffiti highlighted in the center is one individual's attempt to leave behind his or her mark on the world, no matter how small it may be. How have you left your mark on the physical world?

Artist's Biography

Ms. Escher has been doing photography since 1981. She studied the art form at several West Coast schools. Currently she is working exclusively in black and white. She exhibits her work at various galleries, and has been in national and international exhibitions. Her studio and darkroom are located in Benson, Arizona, where the sun shines 360 days of the year. She was a member of the Renton Municipal Arts Commission from 1989 to 1997.