Encouragement Award - Rochelle Summerfield based on the NSW North Coast won a Windmill Encouragement Award in 2014. She creates images in new and mixed media of sassy women, exploring the female experience in suburbia and the Australian Bush.
She tells stories of exaltation and transformation featuring a female protagonist using collages of found, photographed and hand-drawn imagery. Along with a dose of humour and irony she references the grotesque, fables and art history. Rochelle explained that in applying for the Windmill she approached the application as a push to be more clear and strategic in how she approached her practice and that she used her grant to take advantage of a professional development opportunity to exhibit her new work at Brenda May Galleries.
Rochelle said “The grant built my confidence and extended my practice beyond the regional by building networks. I curated a show Aberrant Play at Grafton Regional Gallery and I have been asked to exhibit in group shows at Katoomba Cultural Centre, the Tweed Regional Gallery during 2016.”
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