Rebecca Gallo is an artist and writer based in Parramatta. She is generally trying to find a balance between these two practices, as well as making work as half of the collaborative duo Make or Break, and doing a bunch of jobs on the side. Gallo was a co-director of Archive_ ARI in Newtown, and is on the board of Pari, an artist run initiative launching in Parramatta in 2019. She has been a Parramatta Artists Studios resident in 2018 and 2019. Since 2014 Gallo has exhibited regularly at spaces including Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Lismore Regional Gallery, Peacock Gallery and Darren Knight Gallery. She has been a finalist in the Churchie Emerging Art Award, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and the Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize.
Rebecca Gallo is intensely curious about the stuff we surround ourselves with, and that which we’ll leave behind. Her process is psychogeographical: she walks through urban and industrial areas as a methodology for collecting objects, and observing and mapping different locales. The collected objects, brought together in sculptural mobiles and assemblages, reveal details of our strange and compelling interactions with the world of things. Gallo’s process is an examination of the materiality and use cycles of everyday objects, and as such is a kind of archaeology of the present. She collects fragments that appear to have reached obsolescence, and slips them back into circulation within a new, aesthetic value system. Her mobiles are a weighing-up of these objects, both literally and metaphorically: a proposition of equivalences between discarded and forgotten things.