I created this 12x7cm wall sculpture called Christmas Nut Tree 6 from a white rectangular Spanish tile, shiny nuts, one rusted nut for the base and a silver star. I found all the bits and pieces on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks. It comes with a stand so you can set this decoration on a shelf or mantelpiece.
My name is Nancy D Lane, and I am a found object assemblage artist and jewellery designer working under the name NancyDee Sculptures. I create wall sculptures, 3D sculptures and brooches from the metal, wood, tiles and plastic that I pick up off the streets.
Many of my works are inspired by the Melbourne skyline, especially at sunrise and sunset. Often I try to incorporate ‘natural features’ – a bent nail that suggests a meandering river, rusted sheet metal that transforms into a cloud, or a broken tile that becomes a mountain.
My more abstract works are stimulated by the found objects themselves, which I often place in juxtaposition. At other times, I emphasise their rusted, scratched or variegated surfaces. My art is inspired by a strong interest in sustainability through repurposing and upcycling.
Too many of our Christmas decorations are transient, purchased a few weeks before the holiday and discarded a few weeks later. My hope is that this work finds a more permanent home and that every year, it makes you smile. At the same time, I hope it reminds you of the 5Rs to help our planet: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.