May 2019 | Penumbra II by Tessa Beale & Bina Butcher
Is the second iteration of a collaborative body of work between Bina Butcher and Tessa Beale. The work focuses on contemplating what is frequently overlooked in the natural world. The installation exposes textures, colours and forms that highlight detail and offer new perspectives on conventional ways of seeing components of the landscape. Both artists have been travelling to different locations within natural landscapes to unearth new tactile sensibilities and to gather material to alter and respond to back in the studio. These responses range from drawing, sculpture, sound, film, print and photography to documented interventions in the environment. This forms the basis of an installation that aims to create the conditions for slower, quieter consideration of our surroundings and our place in the natural world. Butcher and Beale have documented these responses in portable manuals that can be used as guidelines for the viewer to approach their environment in new ways.
Tessa Beale, (b. 1993) is engaged in a material practice. Her work investigates the potential of material properties to explore ideas of transformation and transition working across the mediums of print, drawing, metal, sculpture and photography. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding natural environment, geology and flora she uses a process of collection and response, zooming in closely to surfaces and details that are often overlooked. Beale believes that materials have an intrinsic communicative value, which she seeks to explore in her work. She does this by extracting particular qualities and characteristics, changing the scale at which things are observed and establishing new contexts for these observations. She creates iterations of these qualities in different mediums by reducing or simplifying them to their fundamental essence.
Beale has been involved in a number of group, collaborative and solo exhibitions both locally, interstate and overseas. She has exhibited in galleries such as SIM in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sawtooth ARI Gallery in Tasmania, Mundaring Arts Centre, Paper Mountain Gallery, the Moore’s Building Contemporary Art Gallery and Midland Junction Arts Centre where she was also an artist in residence. She has undertaken residencies both locally at Fremantle Arts Centre and internationally at SIM in Reykjavik, Iceland and currently works from her studio in North Perth.
Bina Butcher’s practice is a way for her to understand and reflect on the direct and immediate world around herself by exploring notions of domesticity, overlooked aspects of daily life and fleeting, ephemeral moments within the natural world. Impressions are left within the environment; traces of life and movement now preserved in a static state. Butcher’s work aims to draw out unique moments, textures and surface qualities to enable quiet reflection and engagement with spaces we interact with on a daily basis which might otherwise go unnoticed. Primarily engaging with the expanded field of print making, including photography, video, sound and sculpture, Butcher’s process lead practice encourages engagement with instances commonly overlooked and allows for reflection on transitory moments. Butcher has exhibited both locally at the Makaru Arts Festival, Zig Zag Gallery, The Koolroom, Basement Gallery, Sawtooth ARI Gallery in Tasmania and overseas at Spectrum Arts Edinburgh in the UK. Her work has also been selected twice as part of the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.