This is a small 10x9x6cm freestanding wall sculpture called Forest for the Trees that I made in 2017. It is made entirely from a block of wood and bits of metal that I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks. At this time, I worked from my home studio. Later I became an artist-in-residence at River Studios in West Melbourne.
Although I created some representational works that year, the majority were more abstract or geometrical. They often juxtaposed different types of found objects, such as nuts and bobby pins, or cream chargers and hair clips.
My palette during this time was essentially silver-coloured, rust-coloured, wood grain and black, so I was fascinated with the subtle range of variations in scratches, patina and sheen of the objects I found. Many of the metal pieces had turned a fine shade of rust from months or years on the street before I ‘rescued’ them.
This work has been featured in three exhibitions: ‘Cityscapes from City Streets’ at the Melbourne City Library in January 2018; ‘Diminutive’ at The Old Auction House Gallery, Kyneton, in July 2019; and ‘Rivers Run Free’ at the Dirty Dozen with River Studios in February 2020.