Maya Rochat

Playing with invented chemical processes, projections, surprising layers of photography and paint, Rochat’s daring installations refuse to conform to the confines of the walls and are always conceived as site-specific. Taking into account the practical and architectural possibilities of her exhibition space – whether a gallery, book or video – she experiments with invading images, transparencies, and light effects.

Rochat creates framed works made from inkjet print on silver paper or transparent plastic with handmade cuts and varnish. Once framed, further processes in spray paint and/or varnish add another complex layer to the pieces, the artist refusing to allow the work to rest at its expected finish. Prints on banners become wall hangings with additional painted layers, and she further manipulates her images to create usable objects, such as cotton blankets or bomber jackets.

Deployed in the space, the works have a shared vocabulary of similar textures and colors, binding different pieces to create a sense of unity.

Inspired by the altering states of matter transforming in the natural world – the sculpting forces of continually moving water, rocks transformed by rivers, solids turning to liquids and back again – she adds layers of transformation into each of her images, creating her own process of sedimentation.

With various scales and rhythms, Rochat adds projected live paintings (on overhead projectors), which she changes throughout the course of an exhibition to create a moving and contemplative collage. Generating a slow ongoing process of a mutating image, she reflects a world in permanent flux.

Maya Rochat (b. 1985, Morges, CH) is a visual artist based in Lausanne and working in the fields of photography, painting, video, performance, and installation. Her work has been presented in institutions such as Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal, CH; Centre Culturel Suisse (library), Paris, France; Quai N°1; La Filature, Mulhouse, France; [ 7] P FOTOFESTIVAL, London, UK; TATE Modern (Turbine hall), London, UK; FOTOMUSEUM Winterthur, Winterthur, CH; Centre de la Photographie Genève, Geneva, CH; Bâtiment pour l’Art Contemporain, Geneva, CH; Centre PasquArt, Biel, CH and Fotohof Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria.

Maya Rochat is a laureate of the Fondation Leenaards Grant and the Abraham Hermanjat Grant. She was invited for artist residencies at “Project Space” Centre d’art Contemporain Genève, Verzasca FOTO Festival and Air Berlin Alexanderplatz. Her published artist books include: “A ROCK IS A RIVER” by Self Publish, Be Happy, “Crystal Clear” by Editions Patrick Frey and “A Plastic Tool” by Meta/Books. She published “Vote for me” and “Ma tête à couper” with Hard-copy. Maya’s images are published by international art reviews and magazines such as Aperture, Photography & culture, YET, Le Phare, Foam, THE PHOTOBOOK REVIEW, British Journal of Photography, etc.

Maya Rochat’s work is currently in the exhibition ‘The Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ at Tate Modern, London, with work following from her solo exhibition in Basel ‘A River is a Rock’ at VITRINE, Basel (December 2017 – February 2018) and has a forthcoming group exhibition at Le Commun, Geneva (July-August 2018).

Maya Rochat, Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstracts Art, 2018. Installation view. Image Courtesy of Tate Modern, UK.

Maya Rochat, Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstracts Art, 2018. Installation view. Image Courtesy of Tate Modern, UK.

Maya Rochat, Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstracts Art, 2018. Installation view. Image Courtesy of Tate Modern, UK.

Maya Rochat, El Río Como Una Roca (META RAINBOW III), 2018. Installation view. Mesh banner, insitu paint. 200 x 300 cm. Image Courtesy of Despacio, San José, CR.

Maya Rochat, A Rock Is A River (META LOVE), 2018. Installation view. Mesh banner. Dimensions variable. Image Courtesy of Despacio, San José, CR.

Maya Rochat, A Rock Is A River (META LOVE), 2018. Installation view. Mesh banner. Dimensions variable. Image Courtesy of Despacio, San José, CR.

Maya Rochat, A Rock Is A River (META LOVE), 2018. Installation view. Mesh banner. Dimensions variable. Image Courtesy of Despacio, San José, CR.

Maya Rochat, El Río Como Una Roca, 2018. Performance. Courtesy of Despacio, San José, CR.

Maya Rochat, A River is a Rock, 2017. Installation View. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Maya Rochat, A River is a Rock, 2017. Installation View. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Maya Rochat, A River is a Rock, 2017. Installation View. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of Lily Robert Gallery.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of Lily Robert Gallery.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of Lily Robert Gallery.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of Lily Robert Gallery.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of Lily Robert Gallery.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River, 2017. Installation view. Courtesy of Lily Robert Gallery.

Maya Rochat, ARRESTING FRAGMENTS OF THE WORLD, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Martina Flury Witschi. Image courtesy Kunsthaus Langenthal, CH.

Maya Rochat, ARRESTING FRAGMENTS OF THE WORLD, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Martina Flury Witschi. Image courtesy Kunsthaus Langenthal, CH.

Maya Rochat, ARRESTING FRAGMENTS OF THE WORLD, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Martina Flury Witschi. Image courtesy Kunsthaus Langenthal, CH.

Maya Rochat, ARRESTING APLASTIC TOOL, 2015-2017. Installation view. Photographer: Martina Flury Witschi. Image courtesy Kunsthaus Langenthal, CH.

Maya Rochat, ARRESTING APLASTIC TOOL, 2015-2017. Installation view. Photographer: Martina Flury Witschi. Image courtesy Kunsthaus Langenthal, CH.

Maya Rochat, META FILTRES, 2016. Installation view. Image courtesy La Filature, Mulhouse, FR.

Maya Rochat, META FILTRES, 2016. Installation view. Image courtesy La Filature, Mulhouse, FR.

Maya Rochat, Too much Metal for one Hand, Swiss Art Awards, 2016. Installation view. Messeplatz Basel, Switzerland.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is A River (Dispersion 5), 2018. Dodeka inkjet print on silver paper, framed. 110 x 155 cm.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is A River (Dispersion 7), 2018. Dodeka inkjet print on silver paper, framed. 110 x 155 cm.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is A River (Meta Flower), 2018. Dodeka inkjet print on silver paper, framed. 110 x 145 cm.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is A River (Water Mirror), 2018. Dodeka inkjet print on silver paper, framed. 155 x 110 cm.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is A River (Pink Water 2), 2018. Dodeka inkjet print on silver paper, framed. 100 x 60 cm.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is A River (Pink Water), 2018. Mesh banner. 100 x 170 cm.

Maya Rochat, El Río Como Una Roca (through magic glasses), 2018. Mesh banner, insitu paint. 300 x 200 cm.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River (META CAVE), 2017. Dodeka inkjet print on silver paper, inkjet print on transparent plastic, with handmade cuts. Framed. 154 x 102 cm.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River (META CUTS), 2017. Dodeka inkjet print on silver paper, inkjet print on transparent plastic, with handmade cuts. Framed. 154 x 103 cm.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River (META TIME), 2017. Dodeka inkjet print on mat paper with hand made spray paint, inkjet print on transparent plastic, with handmade cuts. Framed. 134 x 102 cm.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River (painting with folds), 2017. Offset print with varnish. 29 x 41 cm.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River (painting with time), 2017. Offset print with varnish, marble and spray paint. Framed. 29 x 21 cm.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River (scratching time), 2017. Offset print with varnish. Framed. 29 x 21 cm.

Maya Rochat, Arresting fragments of the world, 2017. Digital print on transparent monomer with glue. Placement variable. 300 x 1000 cm.

Maya Rochat, Arresting fragments of the world (Dispersion I), 2017. Digital print on transparent vinyl. Placement variable. 300 x 400 cm.

Maya Rochat, Arresting fragments of the world (Mutant 4), 2017. Dodeka inkjet print on silver paper, with inkjet print on transparent plastic sheet, with handmade cuts. Framed. 80 x 100 cm.

Maya Rochat, Meta Filtres (Give Me Space), 2016. Inkjet on wallpaper. 230 x 300 cm.

Maya Rochat, Too Much Metal For One Hand (Burnt and broken), 2016. Inkjet on transparent plastic with paper under plexiglass. 60 x 90 cm.

Maya Rochat, Too Much Metal For one Hand (inverted), 2016. Dodeka inkjet print on metallic paper. Framed. 70 x 90 cm.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is A River, 2016. Inkjet on metallic paper, stratification polished glass. 21 x 30 cm.

Maya Rochat, A River Is A Rock (Living in a painting 1), 2017. Acrylic paint on transparent plastic. Framed. 29 x 21 cm.

Maya Rochat, A River is a Rock (cosmic walk is blue), 2017. Digital print on Ferrari mesh banner, with paint on paper and phosphorescent paint, on screws. 140 x 200 cm.

A Rock is a River (PLAID/Woven Print Sea), 2017. 100% woven cotton, made in the USA. 152 x 203 cm. Edition of 30 (2 AP).

A Rock is a River (PLAID/Woven Print Grey), 2017. 100% woven cotton, made in the USA. 152 x 203 cm. Edition of 30 (2 AP).

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River, 2017. Artist book, offset print, hardcover. 22 x 29 cm, 300 pages. Edition of 800. Published by Self Publish Be Happy.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River, 2017. Artist book, offset print, hardcover. 22 x 29 cm, 300 pages. Edition of 800. Published by Self Publish Be Happy.

Maya Rochat, A Rock is a River, 2017. Artist book, offset print, hardcover. 22 x 29 cm, 300 pages. Edition of 800. Published by Self Publish Be Happy.

Maya Rochat, META FILTRES (dispersion black), 2018. Inkjet print on transparent photo plastic. 140 x 200 cm.

Maya Rochat, META FILTRES (dispersion blue), 2018. Inkjet print on transparent photo plastic. 140 x 200 cm.