Image credit Johnna Arnold; Banff Center for the Arts and Creativity in Canada.
Viviane Rombaldi Seppey is a multimedia artist working in drawing, photography, painting and installation. Her work is informed by her family history and migratory experiences. In her creative process she uses varied source materials that hold an intimate connection to her wandering life. They are woven into personal and social narratives to explore ideas of place, identity and memory.
Rombaldi Seppey has exhibited her work internationally including in the USA Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY; the Hunterdon Art Museum, Carriage House at the Islip Art Museum, John Jay College, Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University and New York Institute of Technology and Rutgers University.
In New York she had solo shows at Smack Mellon, the Kentler International Drawing Space, Summit Art Center, NJ, at Wave Hill - the Sunroom Project Space Program, and a window installation at Mixed Greens Gallery, NY.
Selected press and publications include: AIGA Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Inquirer (PA), 24 Heures (CH), Art Spiel (NY), Le Chat Perché (CH), Promopress (SP), Sydney Morning Herald (AU).
She was awarded residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop, at Bundanon Trust in Australia, at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, MA, at Banff Center for Arts and Creativity in Canada, at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. She was a AIM, Artist in the Marketplace participant, received a FST StudioProjects Fund in NY and a fellowship at Dieu Donné Paper Mill in NY.
Rombaldi Seppey holds a BFA from National Art School in Sydney, Australia and a MFA from Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore.
My work reflects my nomadism between countries, languages, and ways of seeing and thinking. This immersion in contrasts nourishes my creative process. I observe and explore. New works draw on my experience of looking and rummaging through my surroundings for discarded treasures. I collect. Images, books, twigs, shells, and more find their way into my home. These “traces” are witnesses to my transplantation, both physically and culturally. They feed my art, helping me to find my place in the world.
I use a wide range of materials and work in many different ways. I draw, cut, print, paint, and make installations. I create both intimate and large works.
They are the result of my direct interaction with my environment. For me, working in relationship to this environment and becoming sensitive to sites and materials generates projects that embrace moments of improvisation and wonder.