Beware the Prickly-Browed Beast – Unique wall sculpture


Gluing nails – and then removing the glue that spreads out between them – is painstaking work. But in this case, I think my imaginery prickly-browed beast is worth the effort. It’s really quite cute, in sort of a threatening way.

This found object assemblage wall sculpture is called Beware the Prickly-browed Beast. It is 10x15x5cm and comes with a stand. It started life differently – believe it or not as a Valentine, with a heart where the eye is now – but I remodeled it last year to become an echidna-like imaginary animal.

My inspiration

Working as a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer, I create 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 can suggest a meandering river. Rusted sheet metal transforms into a cloud. A broken tile 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.

Sustainable art

My art is inspired by a strong interest in sustainability through repurposing and upcycling. My hope is that this artwork makes you smile. At the same time, may it remind you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.