Nutted Out 1 – Hanging wall sculpture


Nutted out, or nuts and crosses? This is one of my earliest works, from December 2016, in my early days of collecting. I didn’t have nearly as many types of materials to work with as I do now. Then I was experimenting with juxtaposing one type of material against another – in this case, nuts and wires.

This 13x20cm abstract wall sculpture is called Nutted Out 1, and it is ready for hanging. I created it from nuts and wires on a grey ceramic tile, mounted on natural ply board. All of these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.

I work as 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 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. This is the case with Nutted Out 1. 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.

Weight 0.4 kg