Music holds the key for artist’s sculpture

d497804a South Fremantle artist Maxxi Minaxi May with her sculpture. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
d497804a South Fremantle artist Maxxi Minaxi May with her sculpture. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

MAXXI Minaxi May wants to create a sense of nostalgia with her artwork for Sculpture at Bathers.

The South Fremantle has created seven musical boxes, which will be stacked on top of each for the annual event that takes place between February 15 and March 2 at Bathers Beach.

“I was inspired by the musical boxes that kids play with, I often like using toys in my work,” she said.

“Personally, I don’t remember my childhood that well but I wanted to create some nostalgia.

“The original idea was to create one big box with lots of cranks that played music.

“I had a carpenter Matt Dickmann who helped me because I didn’t have all the tools.”

May said she used Australian pop tunes and music from years gone by for the music boxes.

“I was able to amplify the sound and then work on the colours and images for the seven boxes, they add up to about 2.5m so only someone who is tall can reach the top one,” she said.

“The seven boxes are all different and they play different tunes, without giving away too much, they will be familiar to people.

“It was challenging work to do, I like to use new techniques to it’s a process of learning or re-learning.”

d497804e Maxxi Minaxi May. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

Sculptures and interactive artworks will be featured along the timber boardwalks, paths, grassed areas, ocean and inside Kidogo Arthouse at the Bathers Beach precinct for the fourth event.

“I was involved in the first Sculpture at Bathers and it’s great to have my work exhibited again,” May said.

“It’s great to be involved with senior artists and emerging artists as well, I’m happy to support my peers.”