Circles Within Circles Within Circles – Wall sculpture


Circles within circles within circles: Are the strange yet familiar objects in the dark brown water bobbing like innertubes, drifting like jellyfish, floating like lotus leaves? The variation in the dimensions and textures of the circles encourages viewers to take a careful look. So does the subtle difference in shades of the basic silver-grey and rust palette. When viewers gaze more closely, new questions arise: What were these bits of metal previously used for? How did they end up in the street? And what possessed the artist to pick them up and put them in a wall sculpture?


This wall sculpture is called Circles Within Circles Within Circles. The dimensions are 27x29cm for the inner work, and 58x36cm mounted.It comes ready to hang.

I created the work from circular items – lids from tins, earrings, key rings, buttons – grouped in threes. They are glued on a brown-stained plywood board, then mounted off centre on white laminate. All of these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.

Found object assemblage

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.

This work was appeared in the Frankston Art Centre’s Immersion exhibition in August 2018. Later that year it was in my exhibition with Julia Zoellner, Upcycled from the City Streets, at the Guild Assembly Point in Southbank. More recently, it was exhibited online with Painted Turtle Galleries, London.

My inspiration

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 may suggest a meandering river. Rusted sheet metal can transform 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.

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.