Maxwell is an artist, teacher and writer whose work within and across these distinct fields concerns notions of identity, play, education and social space. More specifically, Maxwell’s work concerns the types of interpersonal relationships that are generated between friends, strangers, teachers and the ideological unfettered “play” of adults and children.
Maxwell is concerned with the intersection between social, intimate and functional relationships (stranger–stranger, student–teacher, student–student, child-parent), and sculpture and installation (objects and environments). As such, the physical layout of a studio or yard the relationship between its inhabitants and the intentions for the spaces use are used as support, and the narratives surrounding these — become rich texts that Maxwell mines for invisible elements, like informational flows and interpersonal dynamics or hierarchies.
In addition to her humorous anti–directorial video works from the 90’s, she has continue to explore these themes in her latest project, GOODWILL, which involves Maxwell creating a sculptural “toolbox” for use in education centres, bookstore and café; directing video with Julian Williams exploring the narratives of the project and constructing a large scale sculptural installation for Top Shelf Gallery.
Image still from I Like You You’re Natural