Statement of Practice:
Re-imagining traditional landscape depictions and forms of data, I rewrite historical narratives to include a feminine sensorial interpretation. For this reason I am often referred to as a “feminist cartographer” – one who creates “poetic evocative works.”
I use my body as a channel to investigate the iconic power of nature – a terminal through which explorations of imagination, memory, and sensorial understandings of gendered landscapes are filtered and structured into multilayered works. Exploring ideas of the feminine as allegory for natural environs I create site-specific projects that comprise of written reflections and intuitive drawings, textile design, sculpture, video art, and performance works.
- Emma Rochester
With a practice that works at the intersections of textiles, video art, drawing and performance, Emma Rochester has exhibited widely both nationally (within Australia) and internationally.
Her recently completed PhD project, investigated the relationship between feminism, landscape and deity. Funded through a Queensland College of the Art Postgraduate Research Grant, at Griffith University, QLD, Australia.
Emma Rochester traversed various shrines for the Divine Feminine internationally: From caves and grottos to shrines of the Black Madonna. Primarily concerned with nomadism, pilgrimage and walking art, Rochester gleaned new ideas as she traveled between gendered landscapes for her PhD project.
Rochester's context based practice saw her commence 2016 at the prestigious Leighton Artists' Colony at the Banff Centre for the Arts, before continuing as the Writer in Residence at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island, and then was selected for the Feminist Art Conference also on Toronto Island in Canada. From there Emma Rochester returned to Australia in 2017 for her PhD graduate exhibition "In Her Hands." Since graduating Rochester has facilitated pilgrimages in Scotland, helped build sound chambers in Wales, and participated in the Britta Fluevog Artist in Residence in Germany.
In 2015 she completed a New Skill Residency in Cultural Conservation & Heritage in Athens with conservators Christine Hollinetz and Vasilis Markakis. During this time she learnt techniques to transform her textile works into bronze, cement and resin sculptures. Whilst having previously participated in national residencies at The University of Tasmania, Charles Sturt University, Tanks Arts Centre, Kings Bridge Cottage (Cataract Gorge National Park) and the Frankston Arts Centre.
The artist's international accolades include Artist in Residencies at BAIR/The Banff Centre for the Arts (CAN), Temple University/CRANE Arts Philadelphia (USA), JiwarAIR (Spain), Camac Centre for the Arts, AIR Vallauris, Atelliers Four Winds (France) and the Cyprus College of Art.
Having completed a First Class Honours in (Media Art) at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 2010. The artist completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Drawing) across two universities, regional Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW and central RMIT. Rochester graduated from RMIT with a Vice Chancellors Award and the recipient of numerous university grants including the RMIT Union Art Grant and RMIT Student Leadership Award.
Amongst other noteable awards Rochester has received an Australia Council Art Start Grant, City of Melbourne Art Grant (Docklands Art division) and City of Wagga Wagga Public Art Commission. Emma Rochester has also undertaken several performance works with the prestigious Dimanche Rouge in Paris, France.
Emma Rochester. Simpson Desert Crossing. Gif