In this episode of the Podcast, we take you on a journey through a holy beacon of hope, known as the Articulate project space located on Parramatta Road in Leichhardt.
Sitting over a cuppa join us as we chat to the artist, Rox De Luca and writer and researcher, Rebecca Prince-Ruiz about creating sustainable pathways, preventing plastic wastefulness and discussing Rox’s own exhibition at the time, ‘Gleaning for Plastics, Defying Wastefulness’.
To find out more about Rox De Luca and her art, click here. To find out more about Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and her foundation ‘Plastic Free July’, click here.
I would like to thank both Rox and Rebecca for sitting down and sharing your wealth of knowledge with us and being incredibly generous with your time. I also want to thank Kim Williams as well for facilitating this dialogue and arranging the meeting, it was a huge eye-opener for both of the Sisters. Thank you to Lucas Ihlein and Kim Williams also, for assisting me throughout this entire process.
Image captured: Rox De Luca’s installation, credit Meryn Martin, 2020
As the plastix hits, I weep for us all my children. Please come sit by me… Hold my hand a while…? My heart is wounded and laden. I pray I am not losing faith but I feel an indescribable pull…
As the plastic hits, I feel different… Where can one nun start or finish…? Let’s play a game! How many plastic items can you see in front of you? Behind you? Beside you? Above or under you? On you… In you…?
PLASTICFREEBIENNALE.SYDNEY BLISTER PACK POLYESTER DOONAS POUFFES TISSUE BOX WITH PLASTIC COVER KIDS GAMES PASS THE PIGS PLASTIC BOXES BINDER FOLDERS FOR RECIPES LP RECORDS PUZZLE WITH PLASTIC INSERT HOLDING ALL THE ZIPLOC BAGS TAGS FROM A HOTEL PLASTIC GLASSES PLASTIC CONTAINER FILLED WITH BIKE LIGHT PLUGGED INTO PLASTIC USB WITH PLASTIC COMPONENTS ON THE PLASTIC CAKE BOX SYNTHETIC PAINT BRUSH BUCKETS BREAD BOX MADE OUT OF PLASTIC SCREEN MOUSE PLASTIC CABLES STORAGE WATER BOTTLE POWER ADAPTER SHRINK DRIVERS LICENCE MEDICARE CARD $100 NOTE TRIPOD KNOBS ON ADJUSTABLE CHAIR BINDER MAGAZINE RACKS PLASTIC A4 SHEETS TRAY DRAWERS PLASTIC HANDLE OF INK ROLLER ENGRAVING TOOL CASE PLASTIC STAPLER PLASTICFREEBIENNALE.SYDNEY COVERS PLASTIC TRACING PAPER HIGHLIGHTER CORFLUTE PLASTIC MANILA ENVELOPES BLIND AND STRING TO MAKE GO UP-AND-….
Come in my children! Come in plastix saints and sinners. Don’t be afraid… I have survived the plastix madness…. You can see what it has done to me and we don’t want it to happen to anyone else now, do we?
Don’t be afraid. Step in…step in, we are all plastix sinners in here. Tell me your plastix troubles, confess your plastix sins to Sister GlitterNullius or Sister Ninny Nurdles…she’s here for you too, amongst the plastix…because of the plastix… It’s all about the plastix and their off-spring…MICRO-PLASTIX! Take a seat and give us your plastic-waste sins…
Come in… come in! Greetings! Greetings! The Sisters of Perpetual Plastix have received their first confession! So, let’s open it and see if we can help! Starlo is a middle-aged biker who writes…
Bless me Sisters for I have sinned. This is my first plastic sin confession….I make a conscious effort not to bring plastics into the house but when I do the grocery shopping, everything’s in plastic! My family have to eat and there’s no time left in the day to be the plastic police! What difference can one person make? The harder I try, the harder it seems to get! It’s hopeless and give up in the end! The more aware I become, the more plastic I see! I’m having nightmares where I am drowning in plastix!
I give up sometimes! It’s insurmountable! How can I be a better consumer Sisters?
Sister Glitternullius is a walking, talking contradiction and hypocrite. She is wise and quiet or loud and trashy. She can be both gentle and sinister, empathetic and fatalistic. GlitterNullius is the personification and representation of the hypocrisy dilemma that is the capitalist, consumerist way of life. Sister Glitternullius is a Dark Nun, the bride and the product of colonisation, capitalism, consumerism and religions such as Catholicism. She is simultaneously ancient and modern.
Capitalism is my shepherd and my consumerism means I shall not want.
He maketh me to pursue imported and home grown plastix. I adorn my skin with plastic paint. He maketh me to need, plastic lunch boxes, dental floss and plastic oil cans. He maketh me to lie down in plastic pastures, bath tubs and bed sheets.
He leadeth me to destroy the earth, all living creatures and poison all waters.
He restoreth my soul, keeps me up with the plastic Jones’, David Jones and the Dow Jones. And He leadeth me in the paths of eternal economic growth, for his own capitalist sake.