Anne-Marie May is an artist who works across mediums, from sculpture and installation to design and textiles.
A long-standing interest in architecture and craft informs her experimentation with process and the production of objects. Making and materials are central to May’s practice. Her methodology is multifaceted and intuitive, a process of reworking materials to explore spatial, perceptual and chromatic relationships. Materials as diverse as bronze, felt and transparent acrylic inspire her experimental approach.
Her practice is a nuanced exploration of the continuum between geometry and gesture, transparency and solidity, void and mass.
May transforms both materials and objects to produce a range of contemplative sculptures or spaces. In a recent series, she heats and stretches acrylic to yield a range of colour harmonies, producing sculptures that conduct and project light and create shadows that animate the exhibition space. At a large scale and suspended to introduce subtle movement, organic articulated forms such as RGB (mobile), 2013–14 (in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria) and Hema Spectrum, 2015, (commissioned by Monash University) accentuate the axis of the architecture.
Anne-Marie May’s work is held in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Geelong Art Gallery, Fremantle Art Centre, and Heide Museum of Modern Art. It is also held in private collections including the Chartwell Collection, Auckland; and Ten Cubed Collection, Melbourne.