Rochelle Botello was promoted to Advanced Programs Manager in the summer of 2017. Serving as an artworxLA Workshop Coordinator for 5-years, Rochelle is familiar with our students, their needs, and their communities. Rochelle's background in education as a professor at Citrus College and ArtCenter and her professional practice as a sculptor is a perfect match to create pathways for students into higher education and creative careers.
Rochelle's sculptural work describes an idiosyncratic world that draws upon the absurd to visualize sensations of wonder and play, aiming to engage with ideas of existence. This animated world is filled with humorous scenarios that exploit extremes and contradictions such as humor and tragedy, perversion and pleasure, fragility and brutality, control and letting go. By capturing traces of experiences both real and imagined Rochelle crafts stories that address themes of sexuality, identity and desire. Constructed in bright color combinations, decorative patterns in unexpected juxtapositions her sculptures are pieced together with everyday materials such as duct tape, masking tape, cardboard and fabric. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United Stated and in Berlin and Korea. Rochelle’s works have been reviewed in the LA Times, The Huffington Post and Coagula Art Journal and are in private collections in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, San Francisco and New York. She is currently an instructor at Citrus College. Rochelle holds a B.A. in Sociology from University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University.