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  • Midland Junction Arts Centre | The Store 276 Great Eastern Highway Midland, WA, 6056 Australia (map)

Bina Butcher and Tessa Beale

Penumbra focuses on observing and simplifying frequently overlooked details of the natural world. In an effort to create a context for contemplation, for their three-month residency at Midland Junction Arts Centre, Bina Butcher and Tessa Beale have gathered natural elements and documented interventions in the environment. This exhibition of the results of their explorations creates the conditions for a slower, quieter consideration of our surroundings.

Penumbra is the term for the partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object. Beale and Butcher explore these margins and communicate the effects of particular qualities found in the natural objects and materials they have collected. Sound, video projection and found objects accompany works on paper and sculptural iterations that focus on sensory interactions. Through observations of the movement of bodies of water, textures, shadows and sound re-contextualise our own sensory experiences and interactions in a new environment: the gallery.

Both artists have travelled to a common location to unearth tactile insights and facilitate new physical responses to the natural world in their combined studio and presentation space. Their reorganisation of gathered materials and handmade responses expose textural, colour or formal details. Highlighting new perspectives on conventional ways of seeing components of the landscape and the everyday world around us. Penumbra is the first formal collaboration between Butcher and Beale.


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Image: Tessa Beale, Foam (detail) 2018, digital print

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