Human Hands Present, 2017
During her residency, Bella was struck by the scale and speed of the Silentnight factory. She was inspired by the idea that the frenetic, cellular mass manufacture she encountered needed, nevertheless, to be guided by the tenderness of human hands to produce ‘sleeping products’ – things we all use but know little about. Her work is a celebration of the role of the individual in the powerfully efficient manufacturing process. Bella aimed to encourage pride in the abilities and workplace heritage of Silentnight’s staff, making them part of the historical and present achievements of the company.