Emma Rochester is a context-based interdisciplinary artist who uses her 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 and the sacred she creates site-specific projects that comprise of fibre forms, drawings, textile design, sculpture, video art, and performance artefacts.
Her current PhD project in Visual Art at Griffith University (Australia) is an inquiry into the affirmative role that depicting and experiencing the divine as woman can be. Titled “The Embodied Artefact – a nomadic approach to gendered sites of reverence through an interdisciplinary art practice.” Rochester undertakes pilgrimages to scapes of prayer and petition for those who identify as female. Including but not limited to Black Madonna shrines, caves, springs, lakes, Neolithic fertility sites and Aphrodite Temples.
Currently artist-in-residence at Ateliers Four Winds in Southern France her other international residencies include Leighton Artist’s Colony and BAIR both at The Banff Centre (Canada), Artscape Gibraltar Point (Canada), 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.