I am based in Northern NSW. My art practice is deeply influenced by my connections and experiences with the rivers and habitat where I live. Through drawing, paint, collage and digital media my work explores human relationships with riparian environments. Every day I see the undeniable beauty of our rivers as well as the ecological suffering of these riparian landscapes. Historical practices of land clearing, water politics and weed infestation put tremendous pressure on the Australian ecology.
Disrupting traditional art forms, I combine them with new technologies to reveal some of the complexities behind human relationships with nature. With bold collagist experimentation, I combine numerous mediums to expose the small revelations between media. These juxtapositions open up the possibilities of reinventing different ways of being with the natural environment. Like the layers in my work, the issues surrounding our riverine environments are multifaceted and complex and begin with individual choices. I want to direct people’s attention to our rivers, to love, appreciate and reconnect with the natural environment. Human experience with nature is a fundamental part of our sense of self, health and well-being as well as community connection.
Rochelle Summerfield has a Masters of Visual Arts and First Class Honours Degree from Southern Cross University. Trained in printmedia, she is a multidisciplinary artist with extensive experience in collage, drawing, paint, print and digital media.
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. This work was then selected to be projected onto the Northern Rivers Conservatorium during the national ‘Artstate’ Lismore, Arts Events, 30 Nov- 3rd Dec.
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 nationally touring ‘As Far As The Eye Can See’, curated by Rilka Oakley of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. 2019 is an exciting year, starting off as Artist in Residence at Hazelhurst Cottage, Hazelhurst Arts Centre Gymea and in Tracks YHA, April 12 – May 12, a partner venue with ‘Sculpture at Scenic World’ and ‘Crossroads’ a solo show opening 2pm Saturday 7th December-16th February 2020, at the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo.