Storm Clouds Approaching 1 – Handmade cityscape wall sculpture


I found the board first, which had scratches that seemed like rain pouring down. Then I went fossicking for the ‘clouds’, metal with a bluish patina that a friend had found at the beach and given to me, along with a rusty bit of spoon. All that was required was for me to build the city from rectangular pieces of metal. Grab an umbrella; the storm is on its way!

This found object assemblage wall sculpture is called Storm Clouds Approaching 1. It is 9x23cm in size and comes with a stand. I created it from a varnished, flawed board with scratches, a very rusted partial spoon, rectangular metal pieces and sheet metal with a blue patina, all of which were found on streets and beaches.


This work has appeared in three exhibitions in Victoria. It was in my solo exhibition, In the Drawer: The Silver Lining, at the City Library in the Melbourne CBD in 2021-22. It was also in two Creativity Cluster group exhibitions: Make Art, Not Landfill in the Sustainable Living Festival in Geelong in 2023, and Treasure, Not Trash in the National Sustainability Festival in Colac in 2024. Both exhibitions were held at FOUND:ling Reusery, which specialises in reclaimed and repurposed products.

My Inspiration

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.

Sustainable art

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.