No Loose Screws 3 – Wall sculpture/paperweight by NancyDee Sculptures
I created this small wall sculpture and/or paperweight, No Loose Screws 3, from a piece of cement, tile and screws I found on the streets of Melbourne. Made in 2017, 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.
In stockCuber: Nancy Dee (Fitzroy)
No Loose Screws 3 is a small 9x10x3cm wall sculpture I made in 2017 at my home studio, before I became an artist-in-residence at River Studios in West Melbourne. It is made entirely from a hunk of cement, tile and metal screws that I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks. It comes with a small stand, but it can also be used flat as a paperweight.
Although I created some representational works that year, 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, including a few of the screws in this work.
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.