This found object assemblage wall sculpture is called Phases of the Moon. It is 29x52cm in size and ready to hang. I created it in 2018 from a wide range of objects I found on the street. This included a wood block, wire strips with holes, zipper pulls, hair and nail clips and three metal discs, mounted on a black patterned backing sheet. I then mounted this on a natural board, along with three partial ‘moons’ on the left. I have no idea what these strangely shaped circular pieces were originally, but I love them.
This work has appeared in several exhibitions. First, it was in two of my Melbourne solo exhibitions in 2018: From the Streets of Melbourne at the City Library, and Upcycled from the City Streets at The Guild Assembly Point in Southbank. Next it was selected for the group exhibition, Not Your Ordinary Canvas, at The Old Auction House in Kyneton in 2019. It also appeared in the group exhibition at River Studios that year. In 2020, it was selected by Artsolation for the online exhibition Sustainable Art – Recycle Your Ideas.
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 the Melbourne skyline, 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.
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.