Rox De Luca detail Black blue bundle 2018

Above, detail, Black blue bundle, found plastics, wire, dimensions variable.    Collection: Deakin University 

My works are made out of plastic shards and remnants that flourish on my local beaches, Bondi Beach and Rose Bay. I seek to draw attention to the serious global issue of plastic waste that our species generates daily. 

Green loop shelf  (Climate 2019)

"Each day Rox De Luca goes gleaning along her local beach, Bondi, Sydney. She is looking for flashes of colour or of whiteness against the sand, the signs that the beach—like every beach on the planet, sadly—is adjusting fragment by fragment to the deluge of plastic waste that our species generates daily. She collects the weather-worn and -shaped fragments, rebirthing them slowly from the sand, and she takes them home to clean and to categorize by size, colour and shape. Then the painstaking transformations take place.."                                        Photo: detail, Saved (Green), found plastics, wire, from Gleaning for plastic, on the beach, 2019, an Art+Climate= Change exhibition Photo: Martina Capurso   

Red clusters on Dad's workout   Articulate 2018 

Making : memory at ArticulateUpstairs with Michele Elliot, Rox De Luca and Laurie Paine came about through exchanges between the artists that focus on collecting and accumulation, gesture and process. This body of work presented by De Luca, Elliot and Paine coheres in material conversations around the life of textiles and objects. The artists incorporate once-used and familiar objects, re-imagined and transformed through weaving, stitching and assemblage. "Making : Memory is an exhibition that gives voice to the innate human activity of making as a means of accessing and exploring memory. Rox De Luca, Michele Elliot and Laurie Paine are artists who have an eye to the larger significance hidden in the everyday rituals, to the cycle of days where we wake up, wash, clothe ourselves, eat, touch, cherish, love and lose. For full text go to: Making : memory Essay by Lisa Sharp 2018  Photo: detail, Papa’s MMTB Green Coat with red plastics, 2018, clothing circa 1988, found plastic, wire Photo: Ian Hobbs Media    


Above image: Drops, (For Eva Hesse) 2018, dimensions variable, found plastics, wire. Photo: Ian Hobbs Media   

Gleaning for plastic, on the beach, 2016         

"De Luca’s works are humbling in their insistent reminder of our destructive, wasteful propensities. Vast gyres or garbage dumps of plastic and other debris have formed in the world’s major oceans. Some 90 percent of the debris to be found on Australia’s beaches is plastic: bottles, bottle tops, straws. A January 2016 World Economic Forum report forecasts that in the middle of this century our oceans will hold less fish than plastics. And—as De Luca’s gleaning intimates—plastics are vying with sand itself to form the core constituent of the planet’s beaches. De Luca wants her audience to intuit something of these displacements, and the vastness of their scale, when viewing the reformulated results of her gleaning for plastic, on the beach". © Paul Allatson  Text written to accompany the exhibition Gleaning for plastic, on the beach, ArticulateUpstairs, Sydney , July 15 - 31st July, 2016  

2018 Blue, aviation seals, wire Image:  Detail, Blue, 2016, dimensions variable, found industrial plastics, wire. Photo: Ian Hobbs Media  

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 Image:  Detail, Garlands, Red, Yellow/black, Blue/Green, various dimensions, found plastics, wire. Photo credit: Silversalt.


 160714 deLuca 051Installation views. Photo: Silversalt Photography.

160714 deLuca 035 Above, Installation view, Below, detail, Airborne, 2016,  industrial found plastic, wire. Photo: Silversalt Photography. 

De Luca Rox Airborne blue