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Live Through This: A Retrospective | the early work of Leigh Riibe

Please join me for the opening reception!
Friday April 6th from 7-10PM at Honey Salon
located at 310 W Holly, next to Rocket Donuts

About the show: 

"It’s rare that a retrospective come before an artist show any of their work publicly. As a teenager, I produced a lot of art including collage, paintings, and photographs that I never allowed myself to show in a gallery setting mostly out of fear. Now that I am 30 years old, I have decided to have my first solo show be a collection of my photography spanning my teenage years (1994-2000) as a way to validate my history as an artist and honor what I’ve lived through.

I attended Catholic school from kindergarten through 8th grade, which I found to be more and more oppressive the older I got. There was just no tolerance for a young girl’s artistic expression, let alone opinions! By the seventh grade, I found myself getting in trouble for everything from dying my hair to writing a report speaking out against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (a report which was literally banned from school). I was heavily influenced by the music I immersed myself in. The Riot Girl Movement was born just a few miles from the little Seattle suburb I was trapped in. My older sister was attending college at Evergreen in Olympia watching this history unfold. She would mail me records from Kill Rock Stars, Sub Pop, K Records, Chainsaw, and the like and I would listen to them on repeat until I could recite every word. I remember the first time I heard Bikini Kill, I felt like I could breathe again; my rage was valid. I used this music as an escape from a place I found to be dull, lifeless, and without promise and as the ammunition that would propel me into a world better suited for me. I wanted so badly to scream, but I hadn’t found my voice, so I screamed through images.

The photos in this collection were taken before I had access to digital photography. Some were shot with a little red Kodak point-and-shoot, and some with a manual camera: a Minolta XD11 which was manufactured for the first time in ’77. All the photos are portraits of myself and my friends and are titled after songs I would consider to be a part of the Soundtrack of My Life."

There will also be collateral materials including a mix tape and a zine. These will be for sale at the opening reception at Honey Salon on April 6th and soon to be online. Stay tuned! Here is a mini sneak preview of the zine... 


MARCH - APRIL ASSIGNMENT: Just Another Manic Monday: Songs about disorders

Just Another Manic Monday: Songs about disorders
Due: April 30th, 2012

Lately the Pacific Northwest has been experiencing some pretty manic weather. From sleet to snow to rain to hail to sun all in one day. While the weather patterns try to make up their minds as we ease out of winter and into spring, we thought it would be the perfect time to put together some mixes that are just as manic.

There are a lot of songs out there about being freaky, being crazy, killing yourself, going schitzo and the like, so let's hear em! Might as well go with the flow as they say. It could just be the cure for those pesky winter blues.

We hope you have fun with this assignment. And please don't forget to make beautiful cover art, include a track list, and send $3 with your mix.

♥ Share music, make art, and keep post alive.♥

How it works:
Following the assignment and the rules, make a mix and submit it by the deadline. The submissions will be made into a compilation, mixed and matched to other Tender Validators, and mailed out the following week. Participants receive an anonymous mix, a compilation, and other various tender validations. Be sure to include (on a separate sheet of paper) the mailing address you’d like your mix to be sent.

→ 12 song minimum, 1 disk/tape maximum
→ Track list must be included
→ Cover art required
→ Return address provided (on a separate sheet of paper, please! )
→ Please keep mix anonymous (you can use an alias)
→ $3 for postage

Drop Locations:
→Zebra Club 1901 1st Ave. Seattle, WA (1st & Stewart by Pike Place Market)

Mail In:
→Leigh’s Apartment (message me on FB, or email me at for address)

Thank you for participating!