About five years ago, Rochelle Summerfield moved to the Clarence Valley, Northern New South Wales, Australia, for the love of a bloke with a beard called Richard. She found the mighty Clarence River and this is 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 inspires my work since moving here.”
Rochelle’s artworks puzzle over ideas on identity, nature and transformation.
“The more we domesticate the environment we live in, the more we search to find connection to the ‘wild’ in ourselves and in nature”.
Rochelle’s heroine – a recurring protagonist – is naviagating the rich, lush riverscapes of 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 traditional media such as pencil drawing, oil pastel and the cut and paste of collage, Rochelle plays, experiments and combines it with new technologies of photography and 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.