This found object assemblage wall sculpture is called Star Light, Star Bright 2. It is 6x9cm in size and comes with a display stand. I made it from a silver-coloured metal ‘river’, gold coloured ‘buildings’ (including a screw, zipper pull, drill bit and sim card) and three plastic stars, mounted on a black cut piece of ceramic tile.
This work was created for the Little Festival, held in Newcastle in October 2022. It was featured as part of an exhibition at the PlayState Curate Gallery. Later, it was on display at the North Melbourne Library as part of the Sustainable Living Festival in February 2023. Now it’s available for sale through Incube8r Gallery in Fitzroy.
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.