Finalist beats over 550

Artist Rochelle Haley. Photo: Joan Cameron-Smith.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | May 30th, 2018

WITH 11 solo exhibitions and 45 group exhibitions under her belt but only turning professional six years ago, Earlwood artist Rochelle Haley was thrilled to be named a finalist for this year's John Fries Award.
Selected for her previous art but creating new works for the judging exhibition at the UNSW Art & Design Galleries which opens on September 29, when the winner will be announced, and on offer until November 3, the artist works with experimental drawing, painting, movement and performance practice.
Rochelle is interested in the relationship between bodies and physical environments, with her current projects involving drawing, painting and dance to explore space structured around the sensation of the moving body.
"For the award works, I am combining concrete render and colourful translucent resin so the finish is both matte and shiny at the same time," she said.
"In the exhibition space you'll see a ton of colour on the walls as well as in the paintings; it will be like the visitor is walking through my painting rather than just looking at it.
"The exhibition will offer a range of contemporary works, including paintings and sculpture designed to be experimental and push the boundaries."
Rochelle said she had been following the John Fries Award series since its inception in 2010.
"It's always very impressive and I can't wait to work with the curator Consuelo Cavaniglia who is an artist in her own right," she said.
"I'm so thrilled to be selected and receive a greater platform to introduce my works not just to Australia but New Zealand.
"To be declared the overall winner of the award and receive the $10,000 grant would also be amazing; that amount will make a huge difference to any artist's practice."
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