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Not Drowning, Waving – Wall sculpture by NancyDee Sculptures


I created this small wall sculpture, which I’ve named Not Drowning, Waving, from wood and metal I found on the streets of Sydney and 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.

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This miniature 6x12cm wall sculpture (19x25x5cm mounted) is called Not Drowning, Waving. The pieces of wire reminded me of a beach scene.

I created it from a piece of ply with one angled edge and a protruding nail, a piece of black ply, four pieces of wire and a battery. The bits and bobs I found on the streets of Sydney during holidays. The boards I found in skips parked on the streets in Melbourne.

This work appeared in the exhibitions ‘the Streets of Melbourne’ (Melbourne City Library,  2018) and ‘Grand Designs’ (North Melbourne Spring Fling, 2018).

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. 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.

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