Julia A. Rich - Soft Place

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Julia A. Rich art

'Soft Place' is an exhibition of new paintings by Julia A. Rich.

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Opening reception: Saturday July 20th, 6 - 9pm. Drinks will be provided by our friends at Better Beer.

This exhibition will run from July 21st - August 11th and will coincide with Kristen Egan's 'Dark Salt Water', Olga Esther's 'Gaia: Seeds of Peace', QimmyShimmy's 'Still Life' and Gustavo Rimada's 'Folklórico'.

Soft Place is the body of work Julia A. Rich's child self dreamed about—a place filled with luscious fauna and flora from the Philippines and Australia. It's a world where, when one cups their eyes tight, dark squiggles come to life. Rich invites us to feel soft with them in our collective inner place, to reflect on our memories and culture; to build harmony within contradiction.

This exhibition delves into the complex cultural identity of being Asian-Australian. Each piece reflects soul-searching through the vibrant exploration of Filipino and Australian culture, Rich weaves her heritage into a vibrant, cohesive narrative. Each painting in Soft Place explores either a familial allegory or a personal story from Rich's childhood. Through these intricate tales, Rich attempts to reconcile different facets of her identity; learning to celebrate and embrace her cultural heritages.

Julia A. Rich is an artist, designer, and illustrator based in Melbourne/Naarm, known for her playful, surreal artwork inspired by pulp art and vintage toys. Her versatile practice includes traditional paintings, digital pieces, murals, and apparel.

Rich explores femininity and Asian-Australian imagery, celebrating cultural amalgamation with humour and positivity. Over her 10-year career, she has been commissioned by numerous organisations, featured in prominent exhibitions and worked for clients including Youtube, Wix and Adobe. Her most notable project, the "Zeke's Arcana" tarot deck, which comprises 80 original artworks, raised over $114,000 on Kickstarter and sold 2500 units worldwide. Rich's dynamic work spans various mediums and continues to captivate audiences globally.

Olga Esther - Gaia: Seeds of Peace QimmyShimmy - Still Life