About five years ago, Rochelle Summerfield moved to the Clarence Valley, Northern New South Wales, Australia, where her studio is based.
“Every day I get to see the beautiful, silvery light glistening on the water’s surface or in the height of flood – such as when I experienced my first flood ever, it was the historical 100-year flood of 2013 – the river rose 22 metres just below our home. The mystery and force of nature is exemplified by the river.”
Rochelle’s artworks puzzle over ideas on identity, nature and transformation through paradox.
“The more we domesticate the environment the more we search to find connection to the ‘wild’ in ourselves and in nature”.
Rochelle’s plucky, defiant red-shoed heroine – a recurring protagonist – is situated within the rich, lush riverscapes of the New South Wales. Her powerful and contemporary female form is far greater than the sum of her collaged parts as she defies body image and injects a cheeky spark of humour into the work.
Working with classic media such as pencil drawing, oil pastel and the cut and paste of collage, Rochelle has played, experimented and combined media with new technologies like photography and photo media and recently animation.
Rochelle has a Masters of Visual Arts and has trained at the Julian Ashton Art School. She specialises in photocollage, drawing, oil pastels, printmaking, new and digital media. Her work is deeply concerned with female subjectivity, nature and the domestic, juxtaposed both thematically and artistically.
Rochelle’s work has been acquired by numerous public and private collections, including the Print Council of Australia and State Library of Victoria. Rochelle was a selected artist for ‘Future Public’ displayed during the 2016 national Artlands Regional Arts Conference. In 2017, she completed a highly successful solo show and artist residency at Penrith Regional Gallery & Lewers Bequest, which saw her collaged female float along fine pencil drawings of the Nepean River as moving image. Most recently Rochelle was awarded overall winner for the innovative photo-digital award at Moreton Bay Region Art Awards for her work Lost. Exhibitions also include the Windmill Trust Scholarship 20th Anniversary Retrospective and the upcoming nationally touring As Far As The Eye Can See, curated by Rilka Oakley of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.