Umpqua Community College
Susan Rochester is an Oregon artist who works primarily with photography and book arts. Geographic inquiry and exploration of the natural world inform her projects, as does interest in shifting boundaries created by politics and human impact on the wild. Her current work interrogates issues surrounding the artificiality of borders and the ways in which borders define socioeconomic possibilities and potential for those on either side. Her works are appropriated from satellite imagery, recombined to create a seamless facsimile of the US – Mexico border. She further alters these images, recombining them into digital collages that evoke indigenous weavings of the Southwest.
Rochester earned degrees from the University of Oregon (BA & MA Art History). She was a Fulbright-Hays grant recipient, and has also received support from the Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Cultural Trust. She is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.