The name of this found object assemblage wall sculpture is City Shadows. It is 14x34cm in size and comes with a display stand. I created it on a piece of board that my German artist friend, Julia Zoellner, had painted in acrylics. She then handed it over to me, and I glued rectangular pieces of metal as ‘buildings’. I found all these bits and bobs on the streets of Melbourne.
This work has appeared in four exhibitions in Victoria. In 2018, it was in a joint exhibition that Julia and I held at the Guild Assembly Point in South Melbourne. Later it appeared in three Creativity Cluster exhibitions. These were in 2019 at the Renew Geelong Concept Space and in the window gallery at the Library at the Dock in Docklands, and in 2023 at the FOUND:ling Reusery in Geelong as part of the Sustainable Living Festival. Now it’s available through FOUND:ling Reusery in Colac, which specialises in reclaimed and repurposed products.
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, or 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 and, at the same time, reminds you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.