Exotic City of the Orient 2 – handmade wall sculpture


An exotic city, a city of gold – this was the dream of many European explorers of the ‘New World’, the Americas. This dream still lives on in many people’s imaginations, including mine, whenever I find discarded sim cards on footpaths and in the gutters. What an opportunity – now you too can own your own city of gold!

This found object assemblage wall sculpture is called Exotic City of the Orient 2. It is 7x13cm in size and comes with a display stand. I made it from a paint-spattered piece of black laminated ply that I found near a construction site, plus discarded sim cards that I’ve picked up over a couple years.

My Inspiration

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 city skylines, 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.