Abundance, Excess, Waste

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Rox De Luca


Rox De Luca is a visual artist based in Sydney, Australia. 

Her recent work focuses on the concepts of abundance, excess and waste. These concerns translate directly into vibrant and colourful garlands that she constructs from discarded plastics collected on Bondi Beach where she lives.

The process of collecting is fastidious, as is the process of sorting and grading the plastics by colour and size. This initial gathering and sorting process is followed by threading the components onto strings of wire. When completed, these assemblages stand in stark contrast to the ease of disposability associated with the materials that arrive on the shoreline as evidence of our collective human neglect and destruction of the environment around us.

The contrast is heightened by the fact that the constructed garlands embody the paradoxical beauty of our plastic waste byproducts, while also evoking the ways by which those byproducts similarly accumulate in randomly assorted patterns across the oceans and beaches of the planet. 

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Rox De Luca, Independent artist

Rox De Luca is a visual artist based in Sydney Australia. De Luca received a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) from Canberra School of Art (1985) and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration, University of NSW (1988).  

De Luca's solo and group exhibitions include being selected for 2012 Sculpture by the Sea, the Museum of Sydney; Australian Maritime Museum; 24HR Art, Darwin Northern Territory; Fremantle Arts Centre, WA; Bondi Beach Pavilion Gallery; aGOG, Canberra; James Dorahy Project Space Sydney; Eva Breuer Gallery Sydney; Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney; First Draft Gallery, Sydney; Legge Gallery Sydney; and internationally in Madrid, Spain (where De Luca lived from 2007 – 2010). Recently De Luca has been in various group exhibitions held at Articulate Project Space, Air Space Projects and Marrickville Garage.


Commissions / Grants and Awards include Public Art Commission Cannington, WA (with Jo Darbyshire); Pat Corrigan Artist Grant; Artists on Norton 2000 Encouragement Award; Big Brotherhood Movement Travelling Scholarship.