Rochelle Haley’s practice is engaged with painting, drawing and movement to explore relationships between bodies and physical environments. Working with dancers, her installation and performance works investigate space structured around the sensation of the moving body. Haley is interested in merging compositional strategies of painting with choreographic patterns, experimenting with abstraction at the boundaries of disciplines to discover how movement of bodies can be expressed and felt by audiences. Overall Haley’s work re-imagines material surfaces of representation by discovering methods that are sensory, kinaesthetic, affective and rhythmic.
Haley lectures in painting and drawing at UNSW Art & Design, where she completed a PhD in 2009. She is currently involved in international research projects ‘Choreography and the Gallery’ and ‘Dancing with the Non-Human; the Aesthetics of Encounter’, contributing her expertise in the convergences between visual arts and dance in gallery contexts.
In 2017 Haley was recipient of an Australia Council Arts Projects Grant, Copyright Agency Ignite Career Fund, Create NSW Artist Project Grant, and a Critical Path Residency bursary. Haley has staged 12 solo exhibitions and has participated in over 47 group and curated shows at leading national venues including UQ Museum, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Artbar and UNSW Galleries. Her work has been profiled on ABC Radio National, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Art Monthly Australia, The Art Life, Artist Profile Magazine, Art Collector and Das Platforms.