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Swan Lake 1 – Wall sculpture by NancyDee Sculptures


I created this small wall sculpture, Swan Lake 1, from a broken terra cotta tile and metal I found on the streets of Luang Prabang, Laos. 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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Swan Lake 1 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.

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