Legacy of Fire 3 – Wall sculpture


This work is the third in a series that depicts the aftermath of bush fires that periodically sweep through Australia. The weathered wood, the rusted nails and the decaying sheet metal show the desolation that these fires have wrought.

This 23x59x2cm landscape wall sculpture is called Legacy of Fire 3. I created it from weathered board, rusted sheet metal, bent nails, wire, bolts and bobby pins. All these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.

This work was in my blog ‘Revolving Doors: Reflecting on the Year. The Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB) at Stanford University, California, published the blog as part of their Covid series in December 2020.

This work was also in the Frankston Arts Centre exhibition Changes in 2021. It is in the YouTube video of the exhibition just after the 8-minute mark. Finally, it was in the exhibition A New Belonging at The Reimaginarium in Geelong in 2022, as part of both the Sustainable Living Festival and Geelong Design Week.

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.

My inspiration for many of my works is the Melbourne skyline, especially at sunrise and sunset. 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 arts practice demonstrates 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 1.3 kg