This 7x20x2cm wall sculpture is called Angry and Dangerous Bird. Materials include some non-dangerous items: a trapezoid cement tile and washers. However, they also include some dangerous things that I picked up very carefully from the streets of Luang Prabang, Laos: scissors, rusted nails, corroded battery, razor blade, needle and pin. Hence the name of the work. Later, when I returned to Melbourne, I mounted it on a white tile.
In 2021, this work was included in a non-fungible token, along with many other bird images, and auctioned by the non-profit organisation, Birds for Sofia. The funds raised support children who need major operations but whose families are too poor to pay. Later that year, this work was featured in a small exhibition at the North Melbourne Library, which supported my major exhibition In the Drawer: The Silver Lining at the City Library.
What inspires me
I am 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. At other times, I emphasise their rusted, scratched or variegated surfaces.
Strong interest in sustainability
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.