Art portfolio

Like Perfume, 2022

An audio-visual installation in the Cottage at the Rosny Farm Arts Centre, Hobart (6-29 May 2022), Like Perfume is a sound landscape of Hobart, pieced together from 200 outdoor audio recordings and ambient cloud and water imagery. Watch and listen to the 7min 47sec Like Perfume (opens in Vimeo).

It Happened on the Steps, 2021

This solo exhibition at the Top Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart (16 July-29 August 2021) developed two earlier bodies of work into an immersive journey through Hobart in video, still images and sound, during which concealed emotions and memories surface in the city’s streets and architecture. The exhibition was the feature art review of the week in the Mercury newspaper. Read Andrew Harper’s review (PDF). Take a short tour of the exhibition (opens in Vimeo).

Toyota Lovers, 2021

Installation shot of Toyota Lovers in the window gallery of the Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart

A three-piece installation at the Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart in May 2021, Toyota Lovers featured porcelain casts of plastic car parts, a two-metre-square photographic backdrop and a 5-minute video (opens in Vimeo) of speculative archaeology where sentient life in the future tries to understand the significance of the car parts and the car dump where they were found.

It Happened on the Steps, 2020

It Happened on the Steps, 11 x 53.8 x 29.25cm inkjet prints on photo rag mounted on aluminium composite board

The strangers we pass might change our lives. They could become our dream lover, our best friend or our killer. But the moment passes and the frisson dissipates as we keep on walking. Here, the passing encounters take place on the steps of Hobart’s Treasury building. These photo-collages formed Gabrielle Rish’s fine arts Honours thesis.

Passage, 2019

Passenger inkjet print 2019
Passage, 2019, 780 x 530mm, inkjet print on Hahnemuhle rag. Henry Jones Art Prize finalist

A series of porcelain slip casts and etchings of found plastic car components. Passage explores the transition from one state of existence to another, through the life and afterlife of these now functionless objects.

The Unbearable, 2018

At points in our lives we can look back and realise we survived what seemed unbearable at the time. This work was inspired by the Fukushima tsunami of 2011.

The Unbearable, 2018, 1m13s video

Dysrhythmia, 2018

A performance work created and produced by Gabrielle Rish for Dark Mofo 2018 as part of Panopticon II, Hunter St, Hobart. Performers: Erin Brandall, Sallie Burton, Paul Neumeyer, Gabrielle Rish and Grace Watson.

Video credit: University of Tasmania

Touch Me, 2017

Visitors to Dark Mofo 2017 interact with a Touch Me performer

An interactive performance work created and produced by Gabrielle Rish for Dark Mofo 2017 as part of Panopticon I, Hunter St, Hobart. Performers: Erin Brandall, Billy French,  Evelyn Hughes,  Eliah Pittas,  Isobel Pyefinch,  Gabrielle Rish and Grace Watson.

The Steps, 2018

The Steps, 2018, installation of computer-routed MDF boards on the steps of the Hobart clinical school

The bereaved often address their In Memoriam classified ads to the deceased people themselves. How would the deceased reply? In this case, their message materialises on the steps of the Hobart clinical school, the steps passing over the Styx-like Hobart Rivulet with the city morgue just inside the door.