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Awkward Beauty is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Helen Britton, Perth garment designer Justine McKnight and Perth photographer Michelle Taylor. The exhibition takes the complex notion of ‘beauty’ and spins a multi-layered, multi-material narrative around this; a narrative which is imbedded within the vast physicality of a 17 hectare historic railway workshop site.

Each artist has created a body of 10 works (jewellery, garments, photography) as a direct response to the work created by the others. The work of all three artists is informed and inspired by the aesthetics, spatiality and suggestions of identity encompassed within the Midland Railway Workshops.

The railway workshops are in themselves an awkward beauty: at once majestic, fragile, industrial and domestic. Largely untouched and unrenovated, the historic workshops are poised in a rare and fleeting space between a crumbling history and a tangible future. As a photographic artist Taylor has captured this space, creating a visual narrative through her placement of Britton’s jewellery and McKnight’s garments among walls, floors, cornices, windows, shadows and shafted sunlight.

After its successful launch in October 2011 at the Midland Atelier Pattern Shop, the School of Art Gallery at Australian National University invited FORM to tour the exhibition in September 2012 as part of the Fashionably Early project in Canberra.

Awkward Beauty is touring to c3 Contemporary Art Space in Abbotsford, Victoria from June 19 to July 17, 2013.

An exhibition catalogue is available for purchase through the FORM Gallery Big Cartel.