City by the Lake 1 – Wall sculpture


City by the Lake 1 is one of my favourite cityscapes. I love the striations in the piece of wood from a planterbox that I used as the mounting board. I also love the contrasting colours of the rusted cylinders and the orange tile, and finally I love the blobby, irregular shape of the aluminium ‘lake’.


This 19x20cm wall sculpture is called City by the Lake 1, and is ready for hanging. It has previously been exhibited online with Painted Turtle Galleries in London.

I created it from a thin square piece of striated natural wood from planter box, an orange tile, rusted cylinder ‘buildings’, an aluminium blob for a ‘lake’ and a rusted battery ‘sun’. 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.

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. In this work, the irregular lump of aluminium said ‘lake’ to me!

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.

Focus on sustainability

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, reminds you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.