Outside In by Miriam Butcher
'Outside In' describes the public and private thresholds of houses in suburban Melbourne. Photographer/paper architect Miriam Butcher evolved 'Outside In' from her journeys on foot around Melbourne. At certain times of day, house facades would interact with light and reveal a new dialogue between private and public space.
From the photographic exterior to the intricate and textural paper miniature interior, the unknown lives and intrigues of the inhabitants are felt more by their absence than their presence – a carelessly thrown bedsheet; a strip of peeling wallpaper on a damp wall; the neat edge of an immaculate front lawn.
Creating the interior answer to her exterior question, hand-crafted miniature sets gave Miriam free rein over materials. Each restrained interior vignette illuminates a process, a half-forgotten thought, a distraction. Tiny clues leave room for doubt: is the scene real or not real? As an analytical and creative image-maker, Miriam sees herself as both a finder and creator: able to document her discoveries and build the world as she sees it.
In pairing these dual realms, Miriam uses light to create a dialogue between the two. Through contrasting and balancing real yet not-real worlds, 'Outside In' creates a dynamic narrative of what happens on the periphery of people’s lives.