Revolving Doors – Reflecting on the Year

Revolving Doors – Reflecting on the Year

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I exhibited my work Reach for the Moon in the online exhibition Planetary Limits in October 2020. The exhibition was curated by Michele Guieu from the participative arts project What’s Next for Earth. This project has been developed by the Millenium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere at Stanford University. Following my participation in the exhibition, I was asked to write an article for their Covid-19 Diaries Series. In this series, artists share their thoughts and artwork inspired by the disruption caused by Covid and the unusual time in which we are living. I wrote about my Covid experience, which brought some unexpected opportunities despite having to endure the Melbourne lockdown. More importantly, however, I focused on my reactions to the Australian bushfires, the most devastating on record, and the…
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Reader Reflections: Looking Ahead – Part II (from Art Almanac e-newsletter)

Reader Reflections: Looking Ahead – Part II (from Art Almanac e-newsletter)

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5 November 2020 | Art Almanac This article was previously published in the 5 November 2020 Art Almanac e-newsletter, along with reflections from a number of other artists, art administrators and gallery owners. Hindsight is 20/20. So, we asked artists and people working in the arts how this year has fractured or evolved their approach to creative life and what they would like to see change for the better in the arts. Reflecting on the year that is, brings us into the present to plan for the future. Artist - Nancy Lane Cliché as it sounds, this year has led to doors closing, but new doors opening. An exhibition planned for May with Creativity Cluster, a group of nine women artists that I facilitate, was postponed when Melbourne went into…
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Rivers Run Free – Dirty Dozen exhibition with River Studios

Rivers Run Free – Dirty Dozen exhibition with River Studios

Exhibitions, Past Events
This February I participated in the art exhibition Rivers Run Free at the Dirty Dozen with artists from River Studios. The exhibition ran from 4 - 29 February 2020. The Dirty Dozen is an unusual gallery - a series of 12 display cases in the below-ground entrance to Flinders Street Station. The display cases are located in Campbell Arcade. The rollerdoor entrance is on Flinders Street between Elizabeth and Degraves streets. The other artists participating were all resident artists from River Studios. They include screen printers, fabric designers, illustrators, glass bead makers, photographers and painters. Then there's me, a found object assemblage sculptor. We were each allocated one display case for our own works, then a second display case to share with a partner. I shared with Lin Tobias. She…
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River Studios Christmas Market and Exhibition

River Studios Christmas Market and Exhibition

Exhibitions, Latest News, Past Events
Once again, River Studios resident artists worked together to hold an outstanding exhibition and market in the lead-up to Christmas. For the first time, we had access to a large function area on the ground level. It is located just around the corner from the studios, and it proved a great venue. A new space for Creative Spaces This function area was formerly occupied by Gather and Tailor. Creative Spaces has now taken over management of this area for the City of Melbourne. A huge thank you goes to Michael Carr, who is responsible for developing this space. Creative Spaces arranged for a special hanging system along the back wall to accommodate the art exhibition. Michael was there in the lead-up, as well as on the day, to provide support.…
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From the Streets of Vientiane

From the Streets of Vientiane

Exhibitions, General, Past Events
In September 2019, I worked with a cultural group and a wine bar in Vientiane, Laos, to run an art benefit. This is how it all came about. The trash of Vientiane I lived and worked as a volunteer in Vientiane, Laos, from May to September 2019. While I was there, I selectively picked up trash from the streets, as I always do, in order to create wall sculptures. The trash in Vientiane comprises plastic, plastic and more plastic. Drink bottles, cups, straws and bags proliferate in the gutters and on the footpaths. However, amongst this real trash were some treasures. This included unusually shaped pieces of both shiny and rusted metal. I also found some interesting, though small, backing materials. These included ceramic tiles, varnished ply, metal sheeting and…
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Brooches – Minisculptures on Your Lapel

Brooches – Minisculptures on Your Lapel

Exhibitions, Latest News
Thinking on a smaller scale After concentrating on wall sculptures and small 3D sculptures for over two years, I had an opportunity to think even smaller – brooches.  The Contemporary Art Society of Victoria was holding its 12th Australian National Brooch Show from May to October 2019. Exhibitions were being held at both the Fitzroy and Eltham Public Libraries in Melbourne, and there would be ‘try and buy’ days to launch the show at both venues. I had been thinking off and on about working on a smaller scale. Handmade jewellery designer Lynn  Allison from Devil May Care Designs in New Orleans had been following me on Instagram. She had encouraged me several times to try something ‘jewellery sized’. Until then, the smallest works I’d tried were miniature silver-coloured cityscapes…
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Bienvenidos to the Spanish Language Fiesta

Bienvenidos to the Spanish Language Fiesta

Exhibitions, Past Events
What great fun at North Melbourne’s fourth annual Spanish Language Fiesta on 6 April 2019. The festival is sponsored by The Centre: Connecting Community in North and West Melbourne. The scheduled opening was at 11am, but visitors were already dropping by at 10.30. During the first year of the fiesta, I ran a Spanish-language book exchange. This year I combined books and Spanish and found objects. Children—and a few brave adults—created flatlays based on pictures in Spanish-language children’s books. They were made entirely from trash I had found on Melbourne's streets. Exhibiting in Spanish In my small exhibition, La Ciudad, I showed four photos along with the wall sculptures based on them. These were Las Flores, La Ciudad, El Puente y Los Barcos, and Tres Globos Aerostáticos. The aim of…
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Incube8r Gallery group shows 2018

Incube8r Gallery group shows 2018

Exhibitions, Past Events
I was very pleased to be included in five of Incube8r Gallery’s group shows in 2018. Each had a theme quite different from the others. This gave me a good chance to experiment with different materials and on different scales. Some of my works were small wall sculptures less than 8cm square, while others were three-dimensional sculptures approximately half a metre square at the base. One work from each of these shows is pictured in the righthand column. You can view other works from these shows by using the Instagram hashtag #nancydeeincube8rshows. Lost and Found Lost and Found from 25 January to 7 February 2018 couldn’t have been more appropriately titled for the works I make. It was one of the ‘Almost Solo’ shows where each of the artists displays…
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The Watch Repairers of Luang Prabang

The Watch Repairers of Luang Prabang

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A treasure trove on the ground In Melbourne I take my watch for repair to a jewellery shop. In Luang Prabang, however, watch repairers work in small kiosks on the street across from the Dara Market. What fertile ground this was for a found object assemblage artist. As the watch repairers downsized watchbands for Lao people, they tossed the links on the street. When the kiosks closed for the day, I would walk by and carefully scan the pavement, gutter and parking area nearby looking for these tiny treasures. Missing links These ‘missing links’ became the common theme across several of my miniature wall sculptures. One of my sister's friends suggested the name for my first watchband work. I thought the name was so clever, however, that I kept using…
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Roaming the Streets of San Jose

Roaming the Streets of San Jose

General, Past Events
The occasion was my youngest niece’s wedding, and we were staying with my sister in California. I hadn’t planned on making any art—but when you see good stuff in the skips and on the streets of San Jose,  what can you do? What do I do for glue? I hadn’t brought my glue gun to the wedding, obviously an oversight. But enter the Dollar Tree and their supplies of superglue. Usually I use T Rex, an adhesive that’s reasonably solid but pliable. I apply it directly from the glue gun to larger pieces or with a toothpick to smaller pieces. Superglue, however, is very liquid and runny, and very sticky indeed. A whole new learning experience. Comparing rubbish As in Melbourne, rubbish in San Jose included quite a bit of…
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