Grocery, LeBrie Rich's series of life-size branded food products, such as Fritos, Ritz Crackers, and Reese’s, are lovingly felted and stitched with painstaking attention to detail. The almost irresistibly soft texture of wool felt and the many hours of labor clearly spent on each piece invite us to slow down and (re)consider our connection to these familiar products. This work is both a tribute to and a critique of not only the foods that have shaped our lives and our memories, but also their branding. Through Rich’s careful rendering, each piece becomes a precious, tactile totem of our throwaway culture and an opportunity to reflect on our relationship to it.
LeBrie Rich is a visual artist who works in a variety of media including collage, mosaic, and fiber. Her work emphasizes experimentation in materials and processes and often explores the realm between the representational and the abstract. LeBrie’s work has been shown in diverse settings, including museums, galleries, storefront windows, and art vending machines. In 2014 she presented work in a two-person exhibition in Fukuoka, Japan and in 2013 & 2015 she attended the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. LeBrie is also the owner of PenFelt, a feltmaking studio in Portland, Oregon.
Exhibition Run: September 5th - October 28th, 2018
Wolff Gallery 2804 SE Ankeny St., Portland, OR 97214 // Open Wed-Sun 11am-6pm
Coinciding with the first annual Portland Textile Month.