This small 4x10x10cm freestanding cityscape sculpture is called City by the Sea of Stones 1. The base is a small yellow ceramic tile. I found it in an abandoned cardboard box in the laneway near my studio. The only other materials are short used bolts from the streets and five smooth pebbles from the beach.
In 2021, this miniature sculpture appeared in the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria’s ‘A4’ exhibition at Herring Island. In 2022 it was in ‘A New Belonging’, as part of the Sustainable Living Festival and Geelong Design Week at The Reimaginarium in Geelong. The work is currently available for purchase there.
What inspires me
I am a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer. My artworks include wall sculptures, 3D sculptures, brooches and magnets. I mostly limit my ‘raw materials’ to the metal, wood, tiles and plastic that I gather from streets and skips. However, I also use natural materials that I find at parks and beaches.
The Melbourne skyline, especially at sunrise and sunset, inspires many of my works. Often I try to incorporate ‘natural features’. A bent nail suggests a meandering river. Rusted sheet metal transforms into a cloud. A broken tile that becomes a mountain.
My more abstract works are stimulated by the found objects themselves. I often place these 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. At the same time, may it remind you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.