Jeramie's Dancer goes on display

SCULPTURE by the Sea, which opens in Sydney on Thursday, will include a graceful silvery abstraction in stainless steel by Nana Glen artist Jeramie Carter.

The Dancer stands 2.5 metres tall and has been occupying space in the sculptor’s head for 10 years.

“I thought it was a bit too ambitious for me to do, because it is massive and in stainless steel which I hadn’t worked before, but I decided, ‘bugger it, I’ll give it a go’,” the sculptor said.

“It’s taken the last of the family savings.

“Originally it was a small hollow-form sterling silver piece and I thought, ‘one day when I grow up, I’ll make it in stainless steel.”

It was the last piece in a set of seven abstract shapes, showing the growth and development of a girl. No 7 was the fully matured, curvy, confident dancing woman.

“The others I didn’t really like, but I put this one aside in my personal collection – and all the other six burned in the bus fire (which destroyed his first studio, a converted bus).”

Jeramie, The Dancer and his offsider on the project, fellow Nana Glen resident Fraser Linden, will head to Sydney on Sunday to install the sculpture in its exhibition location in Girloch Reserve, underneath the Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club.

Mr Carter is an invited artist at Sculpture by the Sea 2010 as the winner of the 2009 Unrepresented Sculptor Award for his 2009 piece Pods.

The Dancer is for sale for $40,000.

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