Washered Out 1 – Hanging wall sculpture


This is one of my early works, Washered Out 1, from January 2017. It juxtaposes wires and washers – and the odd button, bead and battery. At that stage in my practice, I didn’t have nearly as many found materials to work with as I do now.

This 32x19cm abstract wall sculpture is called Washered Out 1, and it is ready for hanging. I created it from washers and wires on a piece of white chipboard, mounted on natural ply board. 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 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. This is the case with Washered Out 1. 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.

Weight 0.7 kg