This small 9x9x10cm freestanding cityscape sculpture is called Cylindrical City 2. The base is a small block of natural wood. The only other materials are short fat cylinders of various types collected from the streets of Melbourne on my daily walks.
This work was in my first solo exhibition, From the Streets of Melbourne, held at the Melbourne City Library in 2018. I also exhibited it at Rivers Run Free at The Dirty Dozen in 2020, and with CoLab Arts in the Park in 2021. In 2022 it was in ‘A New Belonging’, as part of the Sustainable Living Festival and Geelong Design Week at The Reimaginarium in Geelong.
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.