Emma Christina Lucia Rochester PhD


*Exhibition - Are We Out of the Woods?

March 2014

POP Gallery | Brisbane | Queensland | Australia


* Exhibtion - Boston - Heptagone

French Cultural Centre |53 Marlborough St | Boston, MA 02116

Opening Night October 2 2013

Closing October 30 2013



*Exhibition - Response & Relate

Crate 59 | 59 Sheridan St | Cairns | Queensland | Australia 4870


*Artist in Residence at Booranga Writers Centre, Charles Sturt University

Booranga Writers Center | McKeown Drive | Charles Sturt University |

Wagga Wagga | New South Wales | Australia 2678

The Booranga Writers' Centre was established with the aim of serving and promoting the interests of local writers. The group has been active in the Wagga region and surrounds for the past twenty-one years.

The Booranga Writers Centre, is proud to host artist Emma Rochester, for the development of a new site responsive installation and performance ; Sitting Circle of Stone & Wood.



*Studio Artist at Crate 59 for 2013 & onwards...

crate59 | contemporary arts studio/gallery

59 Sheridan St | Cairns, QLD, 4870

crate59 is an artist run initiative in Cairns, Far North Queensland, that aims to support local young and emerging contemporary artists. Operating since December 2008, the site houses the crate59 Gallery, Billy’s Coffee, and 9 resident artists’ studio



*Exhibition - Wuurran: Open Doorways - A Group EXHIBITION

Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery

Wagga Wagga

Regional New South Wales


Opening Night 21 December 2012 - 6pm

Closes 3 February 2013


Wuurran showcases the revival of traditional cultural practices within the Riverina Indigenous community, and the ongoing collaboration between generations and artists of all backgrounds. This exhibition displays a strong narrative of relationships and a vibrant creative force that has touched many people within our community.



*Public Appearance - Pecha Kucha - Cairns

Tanks Arts Centre

46 Collins Avenue  Edge Hill QLD 4870, Australia

21 November 2012 - 7pm onwards




PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise.

Emma Rochester will present twenty images that depict the nature of walking in both arid and river scapes. And what it means to create feminine representations of these places.


*Public Appearance - BONEMAP - Symposium on Body, Art & Environ.

Cairns Centre of Contemporary Arts

96 Abbott Street‬

‪Cairns QLD 4870‬

19th November 2012- 2pm onwards


Also accessible via an Internet symposium called water- wheel tap. The link to the broadcast is http://water-wheel.net/taps/dock/286 called ‘Tap Dock: Terrestrial Nerve’


Involving a number of artists working on the edge of creative forms, Bonemap Arts Research Exchange is an Internet Symposium designed to introduce and discuss works that consider Body, Art & Environment.

2:00 – 2:10 introduction Russell Milledge

2:10 – 2:20 Nicholas Mills and Zane Saunders

2:20 - 2:25 questions

2:25 – 2:35 Marnie Orr and Rachel Sweeney (Aus/UK)

2:35 - 2:40 questions

2:40 – 2:50 Emma Rochester (Tanks Arts residency)

2:50 - 2:55 questions

2:55 – 3:05 Catherine Hassall

3:05 - 3:10 questions

3:10 – 3:20 Russell Milledge and Rebecca Youdell + Jason Holdsworth

3:20 - 3:25 questions

3:25 – 4:00 group discussion with audience






Tanks Arts Centre

46 Collins Avenue  

Edge Hill QLD 4870,


LAUNCH 16 November 2012 - 6pm onwards


This collaborative exhibition showcases the work of four artists, as they explore the growth and decay of cultivated blooms in the Cairns Botanic Gardens.

The artists, Cynthia O’Brien (Canada), Emma Rochester (Australia), Lynne Flemons (Australia) and Maria Luisa Borras (Puerto Rico), fi rst met during an artists’ residency at AIR Vallauris, France in 2011. They have reconnected at Tanks Arts Centre in 2012 to develop new works, based on their experiences in the Cairns Botanic Gardens. Each artist explores the notions of transience and time associated with the growth and decay of flora. Flowers follow a pathway, a life cycle which is similar to the moon and it is this transient nature of change which characterises each of the artist’s work during their residency.


*Exhibition - Colloborations (Curated by Jaenine Parkinson)

Blink Gallery




11 October 2012 onwards


For the exhibition Collaborations, the artists of Blink were invited to develop works with other individuals, specialists or groups. The specifics of the relationships and ideas that have grown (or failed to grow) for this exhibition, confront the positivism that currently surrounds the idea of collaborative creation. Through diverse projects that span disciplines and mediums Collaborations makes space for questioning how our values and expectations line up with reality.


*Emma Rochester is now a member of Walking Artists Network

The Walking Artists Network seeks to connect those who define themselves as walking artists – or who are interested in walking as a mode of art practice – through a series of meetings and an online interface.



*Colloboration with Australian Indigenous Artist Melanie Evans

Combining contemporary weaving techniques, video art and performance Melanie Evans and Emma Rochester are working together to develop a work relating to the womb, tomb, birthing place of the female body.


*Exhibition - Femmes

Blink Gallery




15 July 2012 onwards


The dark place of tactility in a woman’s body is a precipice place: A place at the edge of desire where human touch sways between sensuous seduction and a savage betrayal of the luminous aspects of a virginal popularised notion of women. The human fascination with the dark feminine’s hiding place of vulva (entrance place of birth and death) has lead to the suppression of innate sexual desire. This squashed fervour lends itself to a falsehood – a complex fanaticism with virginity- at the expense of the erotic natural machinations of women. Exclusion, ritual cleansing, estrangement and the contemporary need for a hidden cycle women from the inherent sexual magic of her body. In ‘Femmes’ the fanny, source of life rises to a sovereign fecund place of tender sensual reverence.


This is a colloborative artwork between ceramic artist Cynthia O'Brien and Emma Rochester


*Artist In Residence

The Tanks Arts Centre at the Cairns Botanical Gardens will host Emma Rochester in October/November 2012; For the creation of an inter-art work looking at the magical and symbolic nature of bamboo and its' relationship to women's history.


*Artist In Residence for 2013, University of Tasmania.

The University of Tasmania, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Launceston Tasmania, March to April 2013.

Whilst at the Academy of Arts Emma Rochester will develop a new body of work that considers ‘wild places’ and the feminine felt experience of wilderness. Whilst ‘wilderness’ upholds ideas of separation, solitude, perhaps even loneliness there is a commonly held notion that wild places are void of human structure. Wild places suggest an inviolable whole, a place in nature which provides a profound sense of the cycles of life and death: From the deep mossy smells of decaying branches to the search for light by newly budding leaves in the tops of the canopies. In this way nature becomes a mirror of the life, growth and death that occurs within woman’s bodies. Whilst at UTAS Emma Rochester will create works investigating the vivid presence of wilderness within the interior & exterior of femininity.


*Exhibition - Longing place of soft water

E3 ArtSpace

Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery

Wagga Wagga

Regional New South Wales



8 June - 18 June 2012

24 hour viewing place


Installation of the structure woven by Emma Rochester in the performance, Weaving the River's Edge.This structure was the dwelling place of the artist as she used ritual and gesture to ornament the external structure over a duration of 7 hours. For more information please see below:


*Performance Announced - Weaving the River's Edge

On the 6 June 2012, 7 am at Wagga Wagga Beach, Emma Rochester will commence a live performance weaving fabric - created from tracing the Murrumbidgee River's edge - into a circular structure constructed out of found objects.

The artist recommends that it would be best to bring sleeping bags, camp chairs, pillows and a tarpolin (due to the fog & mist at dawn). In this way the audience is free to respond to the durational performance by choosing to sleep, rest and be in a state of comfort whilst watching the *Weaving of the River's Edge*


Weaving The River's Edge

Wagga Wagga Beach

Wagga Wagga

Regional New South Wales



Time: 5am onwards

Please bring: Torch, Warm Clothes, Pillows, Sleeping Bag, Blanket, Tarp, and Thermos of Tea &/or Coffee.


*Tracing the River's Edge - A Public Art Advisory Panel Funded Project for the City of Wagga Wagga

Using her body as a channel Emma Rochester is currently walking sections of The Murrumbidgee River for The City of Wagga Wagga. Navigating between the river reeds, her walks will be recorded via Drawings, Fabric, Video Art and an ephemeral Performance.  In so doing the nature of reeds as markers of initiation; the transitionary place between land and water will be portrayed.


*Lines of Femininity in Nature

Emma Rochester will provide an overview of her major works to date. Screening several examples of works that blend drawing, textile, video art and performance. As well as discussing the process of her work at Cataract Gorge Reserve.



University of Tasmania

School of Visual and Performing Arts

Inveresk Precinct


Time: Thursday March First 12.30-1.30


*I prepare for you my love: Fleshing out the nature of Sacred Union

(Work from the Cataract Gorge AIR program)

When walking within a Gorge one is aware of two halves facing each other. Each half comes to be a representation of the meeting between the feminine and masculine in nature. But when the gorge is filled with a river at times fast at others slow one realises that these two sides that have looked upon each other for centuries. ‘I prepare…’ considers the act of making one’s self ready.


Garden of Kings Bridge Cottage

Cataract Gorge Reserve


Tasmania, Australia


* Venus with her interrupted life...

Venus stills the apple trees planted in her sacred grove. The trees growth now slowed as they sleep swaying in a sacred garden of puerisque rendering a poetic multidisciplinary installation.


Gallery: Kings ARI

Lvl 1/171 King St.

Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.

Opening Hours:

Wed-Sat, 12-6pm


Exhibition Dates: Friday February 10th to Sunday March 3rd.

OPENING: Friday February 10th 6-8pm

Artist in Residence: BAIR : Banff Artist In Residence, Banff, Alberta, Canada, November & December 2015

Artist in Residence: SkopArts : Skopelos Foundation For the Arts, Skopelos, Greece, October 2015

Research Trip: "Witnessing the barren places: Island of the Women and the forgotten crevices of the isle of Iona," Iona, Scotland, July to September 2015. Funded by Queensland College of Art

Research Trip "Searching for Aphrodite in the hidden places, cragged rocks and womb like seas," Molyvos, Greece, May to June 2015. Funded by Queensland College of Art

Artist In Residence: Atelliers Four Winds, Alpilles, France, July 2015

Presentation: Pilgrimage to the Heart of the Sacred Conference, Mansfield College, Oxford, July 2015

Research Trip: In Search of the Orkney Venus, April 2015. Funded by Griffith University

Artist In Residence, JIWAR Centre for Creation, Barcelona, Spain, January 2015

New Skill Development Research Residence, Cultural Heritage and Art Conservation, Athens, Greece, November-December 2014. Funded by Griffith University




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