Once in a Blue Moon 2 is a miniature 6x9x2cm cityscape wall sculpture. Tiny flat rectangular pieces of metal are the ‘buildings’, two pieces of thick bent metal wire form the ‘river’, and of course, the turquoise blue diamante is the ‘moon’. For mounting, I’ve used a piece of black metal that has a hook on the back. All these bits and bobs I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.
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.
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.