This miniature freestanding 6x6x2cm cityscape wall sculpture is called Silent City 1. It can sit on a bookshelf or desk, or even in a workshop, as a decoration. Alternatively, it can be used as a paperweight.
I created it from faux marble, a small hunk of metal, cylindrical pieces of metal ‘buildings’ and a thumbtack ‘moon’. 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. In Silent City 1, the hunk of metal became a hill or tableland.
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.