solo exhibition // october 2017
No Vacancy Gallery QV - Melbourne
Five years after graduating from high school, Abbey Rich presents a body of work focusing on the skills and lessons she has learnt from the people around her. In an attempt to unlearn the negative things Abbey learnt in high school this work aims to discuss how we as human beings all learn differently and how important the people in our lives are.
Presenting works made collaboratively and alone, such as paintings and drawings on paper, board and found objects, I Learnt More From You than I Learnt in School celebrates education in a non-traditional way and the knowledge of those around you.
Abbey Rich is known for her handmade, bold works on paper, the body and cloth. Running a small, made to order clothing label, studying at university, painting murals, freelancing and exhibiting, Abbey spreads her work across many mediums.
solo exhibition // october 2016
Enough Presents: LIFEBLOOD by Abbey Rich
‘We’d been talking about my connections with things and the love i held for whatever / whoever came and went in my life. You said ‘hold on tightly, let go lightly’ and despite the context I don’t think I’m very good at that. I crave these connections compulsively and my heart aches constantly.’ Abbey Rich
Lifeblood is a collection of handprinted, handmade garments alongside paintings and drawings created alone and with the love of everyone she knows. The opening night on October 20th will serve as a celebration and launch of Abbey's Summer Collection and collaboration with Spencer Shaw of Leisure Craft.
This body of work is the artist’s painfully honest response to an amazing year and her realisation that the relationships we form with one another are the most important of our lives.