On Bended Nail 1 - Small wall sculpture by NancyDee Sculptures

This is a small 9x25cm sculpture I made in 2017 from my home studio, before I became an artist-in-residence at River Studios in West Melbourne. It is made entirely from wood and metal that I found on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.

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.

This 2017 work (including stand) is available online now at $56. However, if you want to take a chance and wait, it will be offered as a ‘one day only’ opportunity for $20.17 at the Cyber Monday Sale on 30 November. Your chance to buy a one-of-a-kind, sustainably made sculpture as a Christmas gift for a friend or family member – or for yourself in your office or study.


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This piece was lovingly created by

Nancy Dee (Fitzroy)


Nancy D Lane is a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer, working as NancyDee Sculptures. She creates works from metal, wood, tile and plastic that she gathers from the streets of Melbourne. NancyDee’s background has been eclectic, including training in painting, weaving, ceramics and jewellery making. She currently creates brooches, miniature wall sculptures and larger 3-dimensional works, ranging in size from less than 2×2 cm to more than a metre square. NancyDee is an artist in residence at River Studios in West Melbourne. She has had five solo exhibitions, and her works have appeared in more than 30 group exhibitions. She has a strong commitment to sustainability and hopes that her creative use of unloved and unwanted trash will serve as a reminder of the 5Rs: refuse, reduce, repurpose, reuse, and recycle. INSTAGRAM | WEBSITE | PRAHRAN

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