Swan Lake 1 – Wall sculpture by NancyDee Sculptures
This is a small 11x16x2cm wall sculpture that I made in Luang Prabang, Laos, when I was working as a volunteer there in 2017, before I became an artist-in-residence at River Studios in West Melbourne. It is made from a broken terra cotta tile and pieces of metal and plastic that I found on the streets 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.
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.
In stockCuber: Nancy Dee (Fitzroy)