Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Clarence Exhibition Explores New Depths

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Clarence Exhibition Explores New Depths

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Byline: Jude McBean Director Grafton Regional Gallery

SEELANDS-based artist, Rochelle Summerfield, continues to explore the female body in the environment in her solo exhibition, Indicators Show Depth, on display at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

The artist has used the female body to explore the predominant environment of the Clarence Valley formed by the rivers. Many of the works refer to the floods of the rivers and the many indicators that are situated throughout the valley. Though collages of found, photographed and hand-drawn imagery, she has created images to explore identity and the way this is bound to the natural Australian landscape. The landscape has transformed and determined much of the identity.

The figures interact with the environment and are influenced by it, however it is not the other way around. The river is the river doing what rivers do, meandering and sometimes flooding.

Rochelle has taken images out their original context and changed and distorted them to create new meanings through the process of collage. However the original or historical context is never quite lost. This gives collage a complexity created through the layers of images that interact with each other.

While they are a bit grotesque, the artist's ironical sense of humour lightens the atmosphere. Indicators Show Depth will be available for viewing at the Grafton Regional Gallery until July 3.

Schools on display

Catch our display of artworks by pupils of the New School of Arts Preschool. Their exhibition, Our Grafton, is a wonderful peek into the world of our youngest artists. Their spontaneous and thoughtful works on Grafton and the Jacaranda Festival is explored through watercolour and stencil work.

Work from the students of the small schools of the Clarence Valley goes on display in our community exhibition space by 4pm this Saturday (June 4). Work from the Nymboida, Coutts Crossing, Iluka, Palmers Island, Cowper, Copmanhurst and Palmers Island public schools are included.

Sensational Soups

Claim the date for very popular annual Soup Day at 11.30am Sunday, June 19 at the gallery. …

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