The metal sculptures of Rochelle Ford are a celebration of texture, tone, color and composition. Coupling a w!elding torch and a refined sensitivity, Rochelle transforms recycled metals into beautiful works of art.
A self-taught, successful and prolific metal sculptor, Rochelle did not begin welding until she was in her 50’s. She has been selling and exhibiting her award winning work now for over twenty years. She has been honored by a variety of prestigious visual arts organizations including,’Who’s Who in American Art’ and ‘National Museum of Women in the Arts’. Rochelle’s work has been reviewed in a variety of publications including a feature story in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Well known clients include Bill Cosby, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the city of Oakland, CA and Michelle Obama.
Rochelle uses an oxyacetylene welding torch to fuse recycled metals and other discarded materials into enchanting objects of strength and beauty. These pieces spring from an intimate and personal exposure to Syrian, African and American cultures which inspire a sense of pride and gratitude and give face, form and meaning to her work.
Rochelle’s work fits perfectly within the objective of the RETHINKIT exhibit – to inspire new ways of thinking about art and the environment. She says, “I am passionate about repurposing found objects and discarded metals. I refuse to add to the trash and waste that is choking our environment. My reason d’être is to alter old, discarded materials and create new, sensuous and intriguing objects that arouse emotion, thought, discussion and interaction.”
The materials Rochelle uses to create her sculptures rarely relate to the objects original intended purpose. She combines organic and industrial materials – steel, copper, brass, feathers, bones beads, yarn, paint and glass to produce new objects which have a sense of the familiar yet offer a new and intriguing point of view.