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Sardine Press

May 2, 2022 - June 12, 2022

Sardine Press is a collaborative endeavor by the artists Allison Koch and Leigh Sabisch. After years of shared time in shifting social dynamics the two became close and founded Sardine Press. Coming together on this project, the pair realized how their drive for creating art overlaps and intertwines— not only that, but their motivation behind the work they create is unavoidably similar. Expressing themselves in very different ways, they grapple with their need for movement, chaos, and physicality in their work. Koch, explores movement and chaos through the creation of intangible landscapes and spaces; for them, piles of knotted strings or intricate, unplanned patterns do the trick. Sabisch uses the human form to depict twisted faceless figures, intertwined and grasping. The two are always looking for resolution and have found that when they work together, they are able to fill gaps they did not know were there.

Artist Biographies

Leigh Sabisch graduated from College of Charleston with a double major in arts management and studio art and a minor in art history in 2017, where she met the printmaking technician, Allison Koch. Koch, also a graduate from College of Charleston, received a degree in English literature in 2011 and studio art in 2014. In 2019, the duo founded Sardine Press, the mission of which is to cram their love of printmaking and their satisfaction gained from teaching into a mid-sized RV. Together, the two artists have planned and executed printmaking fundraisers for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood as well as pop-up, hands-on printmaking events. In addition to their own respective studio practices, the two create collaborative works and have exhibited together.

"I Never Did Actually Get to Meet Your Family" by Leigh Sabisch, Oil paint on Birch Panel, 40 x 40 x 1.5 inches

"Tone Deaf" by Allison Koch, monotype on paper, 30 x 26 inches

Current and Upcoming Artists
Daisy McClellan

Daisy McClellan

Daisy McClellan utilizes century-old traditional techniques like punch needle rug making and sewing in new and creative ways.

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Susan Klein

Susan Klein

Painting and sculpting in mixed media, Susan Klein's current work explores the way that people imbue objects with the power to hold memory.

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Katy Mixon

Katy Mixon

Katy Mixon’s paintings are inquiries into the surface of things – namely color and texture – for their power to emote and conceal.

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Maria White

Maria White

Maria White is inspired by forms, textures and patterns that she finds in the natural world. Working primarily in porcelain, light is an integral part of her work.

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