Found object assemblage artist working in River Studios

Nancy D Lane (working as NancyDee Sculptures) creates sculptures and wall art from the metal, wood, tiles and plastic she gathers from the streets and footpaths of Melbourne, as well as from other cities where she has travelled. Her work as been variously described as 'quirky', 'imaginative', 'industrial', 'environmentally aware' and 'geometric'.

Nancy has had solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Luang Prabang, Laos, and her works have appeared in several group shows. Her next major exhibition, Upcycled from the City's Streets, is scheduled for the Creative Spaces Guild Assembly Point in Southbank from 26 October-26 November 2018.

Nancy has taught courses for artists on promoting their practice through social media, as well as workshops for children and adults on creating art using found objects.

Nancy has a strong interest in environmental conservation and is committed to sustainability in her arts practice. She loves the challenge of creating art using only the materials others have lost or discarded. She does, however, purchase builders’ adhesive, but compensates for this by donating a portion of her sales to not-for-profit organisations. Last year she supported the Lao Friends Children’s Hospital and this year she is supporting the Music for Everyone School, both located in Luang Prabang.

Nancy hopes that her creative use of unloved and unwanted trash will inspire people to think more seriously about the environment, and that her works will serve as a gentle reminder to refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.

What attracted you to the space and what makes your studio suitable for your practice?

I am looking forward to interacting and collaborating with other artists at River Studios. I’m excited about the industrial location – a mecca for a found object assemblage artist (or as my daughter sometimes describes me, a 'trash gatherer and gluer'). I am also very appreciative of the opportunity to book the shared project and hanging spaces, especially in preparation for exhibitions.