Exotic City of the Orient 1 – Found object assemblage wall sculpture


Over time I have gathered various strangely shaped gold-coloured items, which collectively seemed to exude the skyline of an exotic city when placed on the stained reverse side of a tile. And what could be more exotic than Asia? Thus the title: Exotic City of the Orient.

This 30x33x3cm found object assemblage wall sculpture is called Exotic City of the Orient 1. Materials include a ceramic tile with stains, melted aluminium, and gold-coloured flat and cylindrical metal pieces, all found on the streets of Melbourne. It also includes weathered wood that I picked up on the beach in Darwin

Early in 2022, this work was included in the exhibition Gold Rush at The Old Auction House in Kyneton. Then in 2024, it featured in the exhibition Treasure, Not Trash at FOUND:ling Reusery in Colac as part of the National Sustainability Festival.

What inspires me

I am 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.

Many of my works are inspired by the Melbourne skyline, especially at sunrise and sunset. Others are based memories of temples and pagodas from my travels in Southeast Asia. Often I try to incorporate ‘natural features’ – a bent nail that suggests a meandering river, rusted sheet metal that transforms into a cloud, or a broken tile that 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.

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 and, at the same time, reminds you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.

Weight 1.9 kg