Predominantly painting with acrylic on board and canvas, Rich also draws on her ceramic and sculptural training to inform her work. Utilising the tension between abstraction and figurative subject matter, Rich attempts to synthesise her unique perspectives on experience and convey something that the viewer can connect with.
Messy, energetic gestures and scratching’s are laden with darker undertones, where materiality and expression converge to tell an abstract story of memory and imagination.
‘I employ an intuitive approach to painting, adding layers, covering and revealing little stories within a larger narrative. Using mark making as a language; colour, texture and surface become a vocabulary of transient felt states. I allow the brush work and composition to direct where the painting develops and where it breathes’, explains Rich.
Mountains have always been a recurring theme in Rich’s work, highlighting her connection to the land and the power its scale has to humble perspectives of the human experience.
Elizabeth Rich is an emerging contemporary artist who lives and works on Bunurrong country, Bass Coast Shire of Gippsland, Victoria. Born in Melbourne, Rich completed a BA of Fine Art (Object Based Practice) at RMIT in 2015.
Drawing on both metal and clay in her work, Rich also utilises painting, collage and photography to examine varying qualities of materiality and how these mediums can transform and engage ideas. Currently working as a creative facilitator for Regional Arts Victoria ‘Creative Worker in Schools’ program.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Object Based Practice), RMIT, 2015
Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery), NMIT, 2012
Diploma of Visual Arts (Photography), RMIT, 2007
ember + vessel, Neon Parlour Gallery, Thornbury Melbourne, (April – May 2021)
The Emotional Life of Objects, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne (May 2016)
Wondernamel, First Site Gallery, RMIT Melbourne (August 2015)
To Render, Boom Gallery, Geelong (August 2015)
Back to Back, First Site Gallery, RMIT Graduate exhibition, (March 2015)
Around the Table, First Site Gallery, RMIT Melbourne (2014)
Kaleidoscope, Graduation Show NMIT, Northcote Town Hall (2012)
The Emotional Life of Objects, exhibition catalogue (2016)
Back to Back, RMIT Fine Art Graduation Exhibition Catalogue (2015)
To Render: Paper and Process, exhibition catalogue (2015)