This 10x10cm wall sculpture is called Sunburnt City 1. It comes with a stand, and can be set on a bookshelf or desk, or even in a workshop.
I created it from an Italian terra cotta tile, a bent rusted wire ‘river’, rectangular rusted pieces of metal ‘buildings’, and a flat metal ripply-edged ‘sun’. 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 may suggest a meandering river. Rusted sheet metal can transform into a cloud. 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. At the same time, reminds you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.