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Rolling Home 1 - Wall sculpture/paperweight by NancyDee Sculptures

I created Rolling Home 1 – a small sculpture or alternatively a paperweight – from cement tile and metal cylinders 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.


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Rolling Home 1 is a small 9x9x2 wall sculpture that comes with a stand, but it can also be used as a paperweight. I made it in 2017 at my home studio, before I became an artist-in-residence at River Studios in West Melbourne. It is made from a cement tile and cylindrical pieces of 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, including several of the cylinders in this work.

Rolling Home 1 has been featured in two exhibitions: ‘Lost and Found’ at Incube8r Gallery, Fitzroy, in 2018, and ‘Diminutive’ at The Old Auction House, Kyneton, in 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.

This piece was lovingly created by

Nancy Dee (Fitzroy)

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