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Balancing Act 1 – Small wall sculpture by NancyDee Sculptures


I created this small wall sculpture, Balancing Act 1, from wood and tyre balance weights I found on the streets of Melbourne. Made in 2016, it’s now on sale at a special price, starting Boxing Day and ending 31 January 2021.

The reason: I need to make room in my studio for new artworks. I was very pleased and excited to receive an arts grant from the City of Melbourne to develop works for a solo exhibition next year, to be called ‘It’s in the Drawer’. Like all my sculptures and brooches, these new works will be made from upcycled found objects from the city streets – in this case, including desk and bureau drawers.

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Balancing Act 1 is a small 13x8cm wall sculpture I made in December 2016 from tyre balance weights at my home studio, before I became an artist-in-residence at River Studios in West Melbourne. I made it entirely from wood and tyre balance weights that I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks. It reminds me a a xylophone.

Although I created some representational works in 2016 and 2017, the majority were more abstract or geometrical. They often juxtaposed different types of found objects, such as nuts and bobby pins, or cream chargers and hair clips.

My palette during this time was essentially silver-coloured, rust-coloured, wood grain and black, so I was fascinated with the subtle range of variations in scratches, patina and sheen of the objects I found. Many of the metal pieces had turned a fine shade of rust from months or years on the street before I ‘rescued’ them.

This work was exhibited in ‘Diminutive’ at The Old Auction House Gallery, Kyneton, in  July 2019.

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.

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