Meryl and Abigail have been friends since they were teenagers. Their first creative project together, embarked upon at age fourteen and fifteen, was a solidifying element in their relationship. As they both pursued degrees in art and design, they realized that they were encountering the parallel hurdles of depression, anxiety, and other mental and emotional struggles that affect many creatives
They have supported and challenged each other while learning how to constantly evolve as humans, artists, and creators. The Rising emerged in December of 2017 as a collaborative artistic endeavor that seeks to promote conversation, education, and community surrounding mental health.