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Rochelle Summerfield explores human relationships with the natural environment. Rochelle considers her works as visual love poems to nature, with a particular focus on our rivers, the lifeblood of all nature. She raises awareness and appreciation for the natural environment as essential to our health and well-being, and she celebrates the joy and sensations of connecting with nature as a part of our soul.
Rochelle Summerfield is a multidisciplinary artist incorporating drawing, paint, collage and digital media. Through a collagist multi-layered approach, she opens up capacities for transformation and connection with people for the care and appreciation of rivers and habitat. Rochelle was born and raised in the Northern Beaches of Sydney and whilst no longer living on the beaches, spends a large amount of time there as she has three sons and six grandchildren in the area. Victor and Chris Volpe are owners of Fox Wardrobes and Volpe Cabinet Making and her other son Paul is an accountant in the area.
Rochelle has a Master of Visual Arts by Research, 2006 and BVA Honours (First Class) 1998 at Southern Cross University, Lismore. Her work has been acquired by numerous public and private collections including the State Library of Victoria and the Print Council of Australia. In 2017, she completed a highly successful solo show and artist residency at Penrith Regional Gallery & Lewers Bequest, which saw her collaged female form float along 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.
Rochelle was awarded overall winner for the innovative photo-digital award at Moreton Bay Region Art Awards for her work ‘Lost’. Exhibitions 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. More recently she had a successful solo show ‘Crossroads’ at the Western Plains Cultural Centre, 2019, exploring the Macquarie River and drought affected habitat.
Rochelle currently is in a group show ‘Irreverent Matter’ which she coordinated with Janet Parker-Smith at Hazelhurst Art Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea, Sydney. It explores the dynamic interventions through collage in contemporary arts practice to search for new ways of being in the world. The second project is ‘Hopeful Disruptions: Caring for Birrinba (Clarence River)’ at Cowper Art Gallery & Studio, Northern NSW, supported by funding from NSW Arts Restart grant and Arts NR. This show is a cross-disciplinary and experimental exhibition of artworks exploring riverbank restoration and includes instigating planting and guerrilla weed eradication, demonstrating her continuing ongoing commitment to riparian landscapes.
If you would like to see Rochelle’s work you can visit her website at https://rochellesummerfield.com or email her on email@example.com or call her on her mobile 042 101 9205. She provides a fitting service where she will deliver the artwork and install it in your space for an additional fee.