the gibbes museum of art

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.

Public Studio Hours

Tuesday 1 - 4 pm

Wednesday 12 - 5 pm

Saturday 12 - 5 pm

*except for Tuesday, May 3; these public hours will be held on Thursday, May 5

WORKSHOP Introduction to Relief Block Printing on May 28 from 10 am - 4 pm

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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.