Metallic Sky 1 – Framed cityscape


The sun is bright in the metallic-coloured sky, bathing the rusted city ckyline in light. An unusual, and very special, cityscape – and I was lucky enough to have found a white frame being discarded at my art studio to set it off against a black background.

This small framed cityscape wall sculpture is called Metallic Sky 1. I mounted this work on the inside of a square metal container lid. Rusted cylinders of various shapes and sizes form the ‘buildings’, which are set along the banks of a silver-coloured metal ‘river’. All these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.

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. Often I try to incorporate ‘natural features’ – a bent metal strip that suggests a meandering river, a sprocket washer that transforms into the sun, 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.

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.