This 30x35cm wall sculpture is called City on the Dock of the Bay 1. It is ready for hanging.
I created it from a piece of weathered, paint-stained veneer, rusted metal cylinders, nuts and a hinge. All of these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.
Working and exhibiting as a found object assemblage artist
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 first exhibited in Not Your Usual Canvas at The Old Auction House in Kyneton in 2019. It then appeared in Landscapes Real and Imagined at the Joel Gallery in Altona in 2020.
What inspires me
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, I’ve drawn attention to the natural flaw in the board. I’ve ‘framed’ it with a piece of rusted metal, suggesting a dangerous underwater obstruction.
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.