This 15x19cm abstract wall sculpture is called Alien Script 3. I created it in 2017 from two pieces of laminate and pieces of rusted wire. All of these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.
I work as a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer, creating wall sculptures, 3D sculptures and brooches. I limit my ‘raw materials’ to the metal, wood, tiles and plastic that I gather from streets and skips.
Many of my works are inspired by the Melbourne skyline, especially at sunrise and sunset. Often I try to incorporate ‘natural features’ – a bent nail that suggests a meandering river, rusted sheet metal that transforms into a cloud, or a broken tile that becomes a mountain.
My more abstract works are stimulated by the found objects themselves, which I often place in juxtaposition. When I was a volunteer in Southeast Asia, I learned to read and write the Lao and Thai languages. The rusted pieces of wire reminded me of these Asian alphabets. Admittedly, they were not exactly like any I’d seen before. Hence, I called this work, and its two predecessors, Alien Script.
This work appeared in several exhibitions in 2018: From the Streets of Melbourne, Melbourne City Library; Galactic, Incube8r Gallery Fitzroy; Grand Designs, North Melbourne Spring Fling; and Small, 45 Downstairs.
My art is inspired by a strong interest in sustainability through repurposing and upcycling. My hope is that this artwork makes you smile and, at the same time, reminds you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.