The name of this 30x38cm found object assemblage wall sculpture is City Siloed. I created it from a materials I found on the streets of Melbourne. They included a paint-spattered piece of veneer, fridge rack, pieces of metal and wood, and a washer.
I found the veneer in the carpark on the corner of Victoria and Errol streets in North Melbourne. I’m less certain of the provenance of the fridge rack.
This work was in the exhibition Not Your Usual Canvas at the Old Auction House in Kyneton in 2019. It also featured in the exhibition Home at the House Conspiracy gallery in Brisbane in 2020.
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. 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.