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Subsidized Starvation: works by Abby Elizabeth

Posted on August 29 2015


Paradigm Gallery + Studio presents Subsidized Starvation works by Abby Elizabeth
September 24, 2015 – October 17, 2015

Thanks to farm subsidies, the fine collaboration between agribusiness and Congress, soy, corn, and cattle became king. And chicken soon joined them on the throne. It was during this period that the cycle of dietary and planetary destruction began, the thing we’re only realizing just now.

-Mark Bittman

People eat food. The way that food gets to our plates is often neglected in our daily quest to eat it. When you consider the amount of people eating food on our planet, individual choices matter quite a bit. How we get food has a direct impact on the viability of our planet and what we eat dictates the market forces in play. These works mark my exploration into our convenient yet complicated and pernicious food system.

-Abby Elizabeth

Opening Reception *
Thursday, September 24, 2015 • 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Special Screening of GMO OMG with speaker Sam Bernhardt of Food & Water Watch
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 • 7:00pm

* There will be a regular 4th Friday reception on Friday, September 25th • 5:30 - 10:00pm as well, but we realize that travel may be difficult throughout the weekend of the pope's visit to Philadelphia, so we invite you to join us on Thursday night as an alternative, especially for those traveling from outside of Philadelphia.

Exhibition Hours
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays • 12:00pm – 6:00pm
And 7 days a week by appointment: / (267)266-0073

Paradigm Gallery + Studio 746 S. 4th Street, 1st Floor / Philadelphia, PA 19147

Social Media
Instagram: @ParadigmGS / @Ab3Elizabeth
Twitter: @ParadigmGS

In this exhibition, the artist explores modern farming and the food industry's effect on young children through iconic images. Abby Elizabeth creates her pieces using hundreds to thousands of grains of rice, barley, and wheat, as well as corn kernels and children’s toys.

ABBY ELIZABETH graduated in 2004 with a BFA in Crafts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has since exhibited her work both national and internationally, including group exhibitions in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Tennessee, and South Korea as well three solo exhibitions in the Philadelphia area. In January of 2009, she won First Place in the Bucks County Gallery of Fine Art’s annual juried art competition. In May of 2010, she was awarded the highly competitive NewCourtland Artist Fellowship through The Center for Emerging Visual Artists as well as the Maplewood Manor Artist Fellowship the following year. In October of 2011, she completed a commission for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society that was unveiled at their annual Light the Night Walk at the Philadelphia Art Museum. Over the past three years, Abby has exhibited her work during Miami Art Basel Week with Paradigm Gallery + Studio as part of SELECT Fair 2013 and SCOPE Miami Beach 2014. In June 2014, she was a featured artist with Lugano-based Five Gallery during Art Basel Week in Switzerland at SCOPE Basel.

After the birth of her first son, Abby relocated to New Jersey, where she currently lives and works.

For further information, high resolution images, or for an exhibition preview catalog, please contact: or 267-266-0073