Rochelle Haley

Nurses Walk

Taking cues from the architectural features of the historical Nurses Walk arcade and surrounds in The Rocks Sydney, the installation in Nurses Walk repeats archway motifs in positive and negative forms in bright and lively colours.
Nurses Walk

About Rochelle Haley

Rochelle Haley is an artist and senior lecturer at UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture.Her practice engages with painting, installation and movement to explore relationships between bodies and the physical environments working with dancers and choreographers, her works investigate space structured around the sensation of the moving body. Haley is interested in expanding the colour field of painting and exploring the intersection between the body, architecture and abstraction, experimenting with the boundaries to discover how movement
can be expressed and felt by audiences.

In 2020 Rochelle was selected as an Artspace One Year Studio Artist and her major public commission EVER SUN was presented by Performance Space in Carriageworks’ Public Space for Liveworks 2020 and selected for the City Of Sydney Laneways Art program 2021.

Haley was previously commissioned by NSW Attorney Generals Department, Parramatta and Gadens Lawyers, Sydney to create site-specific works linked to architectural, cultural and historical narratives.

Haley has staged 12 solo exhibitions and over 50 group and curated shows at leading national venues including UQ Museum, Carriageworks, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art and UNSW Galleries.

Artist Statement - Nurses Walk, 2021, Surgeons Court

Taking cues from the architectural features of the historical Surgeons Court, the installation repeats motifs in positive and negative forms in bright and lively colours. The design emphasises the sense of passage through to Nurses Walk. These laneways are named to pay respect to the former Sydney Hospital that was on this site between 1788 - 1816. The installation glows in different conditions, producing striking shadows, highlighting the play of coloured light both during the day and at night. Haley has created a vibrant experience, encouraging exploration and the discovery of a local place for all Sydneysiders.

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