I created this freestanding 12x13cm wall sculpture called Christmas Tyre Balance Tree 5 from a piece of faux granite, tyre balance weights and seed pods. I found all the bits and pieces on the streets of Melbourne during my daily walks.
Found object assemblage
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 metal, wood, tiles and plastic I gather from the streets. My art is inspired by a strong interest in sustainability through repurposing and upcycling.
The Melbourne skyline, especially at sunrise and sunset, inspires many of my works. Often I try to incorporate ‘natural features’. A bent nail may suggest a meandering river. Rusted sheet metal can transform into a cloud. A broken tile becomes a mountain.
The found objects themselves stimulate my more abstract works. Sometimes I place two or three types, such as nuts and hairpins, 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. So many of our Christmas decorations are transient, purchased a few weeks before the holiday and discarded a few weeks later. This one will last!
My hope is that this work finds a 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.