Rozelle was born and raised in Odendaalsrus – a small farming and gold-mining town in the Freestate. Here, she specialised in contemporary portraiture and landscape photography while studying BA in Fine Arts. Using the aesthetic appeal of beauty and colour, her work aspired to capture the land, convey a sense of place, and document shifting realities, where people are re-imagined within contested spaces. Revealing the human vs nature conflict and warning about our impact on the natural world. A theme which increasingly recurring and foregrounded theme within contemporary art since the beginning of the 20th century. She’s currently a first-year MSocSci Tangible Heritage conservation student at the University of Pretoria.
“Over the course of my years of photographing polluted landscapes, I have learned that worth is not inherent. It’s something we as humans create, yet we are mostly unaware of our power to create value, especially when we’re in a more privileged position. It’s my intention to create an immersive experience that would evoke the presence of something beyond sight, which transports the viewer to the landscape or into the shoes of the reclaimer, giving rise to reflections and discussions about the waste industry as a whole.”
One of her favourite images is Sunset Scavenger, given how it illustrates how small we are in comparison to the waste we generate. People’s evaluations and definitions of trash and treasure are both content and context-dependent and aren’t fixed values.
Throughout her undergraduate degree, she was a part of several small student exhibitions and was fortunate enough to have been selected as one of the top ten finalists for the StateoftheART Gallery Award’s Visualizing Climate Change exhibition in Cape Town in 2021.