Duo on big­ger stage

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

ARTIST Hay­ley Bahr’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Tim Keevil has reaped re­wards for years but it has now landed the duo on a big­ger stage.

Como-raised artist Bahr and Bayswa­ter artist Keevil will have their sculp­ture Can­sumerism in the pop­u­lar Sculp­tures by the Sea ex­hi­bi­tion at Cottes­loe Beach, which opens on March 3.

The sculp­ture, which is made from thou­sands of cans, won the $3000 Fremantle Ports Award at the Cast­aways Sculp­ture Awards in Rock­ing­ham last year but has been ex­panded.

Can­sumerism was made from sheet metal, tubu­lar steel and was cov­ered in cans, with a fully func­tion­ing print­ing stu­dio in­side.

Bahr said the sculp­ture proved pop­u­lar with kids dur­ing its stint in Rock­ing­ham.

“Kids and fam­i­lies treated it like a cubby house and had lots of fun in­side it,” she said.

“We are re­ally ex­cited to be a part of Sculp­tures by the Sea and to meet the other artists.”

Bahr said she met Keevil af­ter work­ing at Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal, when they did dis­trac­tion art ther­apy to­gether and bonded about art.

Keevil said they were al­ways push­ing each other in their artis­tic ca­reers.

“We do a lot of skill shar­ing. Hay­ley is good at things that I’m not, so we are al­ways help­ing each other,” he said.

“There is lots of mythol­ogy around art but we try to make things that are not in­tim­i­dat­ing and some­thing that kids can en­gage with.

“We’ve worked on dif­fer­ent forms of art to­gether such as print­ing, sculp­tures and lots of dif­fer­ent styles.”

Hay­ley Bahr and Tim Keevil with their sculp­ture.

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