This miniature 11x11cm wall sculpture is called Still Life with Three Bottles. Materials include a piece of brown-coloured slate and three chunks of aluminium that I found on the streets of Melbourne. I mounted what became a still life on a piece of weathered veneer that I found near a beach in Darwin and carried home in my luggage.
In 2021, this work was exhibited at The Pavilion in Fitzroy Gardens as part of CoLab Arts in the Park. It was later sold at Foundling Reusery in Geelong.
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.
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. At other times, I emphasise their rusted, scratched or variegated surfaces.
Strong interest in sustainability
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.