Rochelle Van Der Merwe
I am a resident studio artist at Montsalvat, where I have also taken a pottery course (Claytalk). I have also volunteered at Montsalvat for almost 10 years, and a few years ago, I held monthly creative workshops at Montsalvat, called Crafty Possums, for women to gather at and create.
One of my works had also been part of the Pat Cronin Foundation's exhibition.
Eltham North-based artist, Rochelle van der Merwe, has been a fine art and portrait photographer since 2013 and a contemporary collage artist since 2020.
Born and raised in a small Zululand town in South Africa in the mid-70's, she found solace and beauty in books, and the surrounding wild beaches and bushveld, a constant whilst growing up in a political landscape she could never make sense of.
Rochelle's work creates a portal to a wondrous, fantastical world that celebrates the powerful healing nature of simple, mostly everyday pleasures, transcending external societal values, such as status, race and gender.
Apart from national South African newspaper, The Rapport, Rochelle's portraiture photography has also been featured in Australian media, such as The Age, The Weekend Australian Review and The Big Issue.
Rochelle's been a two-time winner of Montsalvat's Art Festival Photography competition (2015 & 2017).
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