Vicki Rochau

Vicki has been studying art with her mentor Roland Weight for approximately 8 years. She showed a particular flare and interest in abstract work whilst taking the opportunity to explore many varied mediums over the years. She also attended (and later organised locally) workshops with Patricia Baldwin Seggrebruch (Seattle,US) and Mo Godbeer (Sydney) in encaustic wax. This introduced her to the world of wax.

Encourage by her mentor, Vicki began selling her work in 2013 at Pop Up Galleries she herself organised at local wineries for local artists. Her work continued to be exhibited at Murray Street Vineyards. Her first SALA exhibition in 2014 was ‘Earthloom’ was also at Murray Street Vineyards in Greenock, Vicki’s hometown. This was a collaborative event with four other local artists.

Vicki has participated in group exhibitions at the Barossa Regional Gallery. ‘Barossa Illuminated’ was an opportunity to create a digital projection of an art piece for display on the face of the building. Last year, a watercolour of Vicki’s was chosen to represent the Barossa Valley Council in a state banner competition. Vicki’s entry went on to win second place in the state. Vicki has also entered a pastel in ‘Unearthed’ and an audio installation for the Barossa Cooker Book Exhibition at the Barossa Regional Gallery and various other group exhibitions. She initiated and curated the first two exhibitions at the Lambert Estate Gallery and exhibited her work in the ‘Portrayal’ Exhibit in 2017. Most of Vicki’s sales are from exhibiting her work in local wineries, cafes and Art at Auburn Gallery and from her Instagram page. Her work is currently on display in Dell’uva Wines Greenock.

Vicki continues to contribute to the local art scene creating exciting and innovative art.

Vicki has an ‘explorative’ approach to art. She enjoys a variety of mediums including acrylics, pastels, charcoals inks. She particularly enjoys mixed media using encaustic wax, bitumen, concrete, plaster and various papers mixed with acrylic and inks.

Her work has been described as being representational abstract and ethereal in an earthy style. Landscapes, waterscapes and the natural environment are recurring themes.

When creating contemporary artworks, Vicki finds great delight in allowing her work to just ‘become’ what it will. Wax in particular, is a medium that teaches non-attachment to what is created, allowing play and exploration.

Some pieces come effortlessly, others are put aside to ponder, consider and rework with, at times, several pieces being worked on simultaneously. This exploration is open-ended, satisfying and exciting.