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Minaxi May

Bubblegum Bessie

  • Commissioner: Perth Public Art Foundation For The City Of Perth
  • Telethon Beneficiary/Permanent Home: Coming Soon


Artist Statement

Minaxi encourages fresh perceptions of reality and fantasy and encourages wonderment by recontextualising ‘readymade’ objects and familiar paraphernalia into installations, kinetics and sculptures. Her style is typically identified by an extravagant use of colour, replication, ornament, play and design. She critiques consumerism, colour, and the childlike through popular media, food, DIY, craft, fashions and the commonplace.


Known for her multidisciplinary art practice Minaxi explores colour, sculpture, installation, print and wall works with collage aesthetics, using bought, reusable or ephemeral materials. Minaxi has also created public art, commissions for art projects and arts festivals, acted as a facilitator of community art, a tutor and a designer. She has been contracted and employed in varied capacities in the arts. Working in partnership with several senior artists, Minaxi has a BA in Visual Arts, a MA in Art Therapy and qualifications in Multimedia, Pre-Press for Graphic Design and teaching as well as skills in animation and fashion and has been investigating the links between art, design, the everyday and consumerism in her Phd.
Minaxi has been the recipient of ArtsWA funding and residencies in Basel, Switzerland, Artspace, Sydney, PICA, Fremantle Arts Centre and St Hildas Anglican School for Girls. She has exhibited for over 20 years. Her solo exhibition Tagged: Celebrity, Change.Commodity was exhibited at Fremantle Arts Centre, toured throughout WA with Art on the Move funding and is part of the WA curriculum. She has exhibited national and internationally including the Joondalup Art Award & Subiaco pARk (PIAF) (WA), City of Hobart Art Prize (TAS), Linden Innovators (VIC), Music Makes the People Come Together (NSW), The Residents #13 (CHE). Minaxi is currently the Education Program Curator at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.


IMAGE: Minaxi May, BubbleGum Bessie, 2016. CowParade PERTH. Photographer: Christophe Canato. Image courtesy of City of Perth, Perth Public Art Foundation and Artsource.