UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work:Ann Toebbe


Ann Toebbe, The Doctor’s Wife, 2011. Cut paper, glue, and acrylic paint; 75 × 127 in. (190.5 × 322.6 cm)
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Ann Toebbe, Limburger Cheese, 2010. Gouache on panel; 16 × 12 in. (40.6 × 30.5 cm)
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Ann Toebbe, The Grocer’s Wife, 2011. Cut paper, glue, gouache, and acrylic paint; 75 × 100 in. (190.5 × 256 cm)
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Ann Toebbe’s meticulously detailed paintings, collages, and drawings comprise a fascinating world of domestic interiors reconstructed from memory and depicted from multiple viewpoints. Her three new large-scale works made of painted paper—The Doctor’s Wife, The Grocer’s Wife, and The Photo Engraver’s Wife—are based on conversations with her mother, mother-in-law, and stepmother-in-law that centered on fond memories of their childhood kitchens and the difficulties of being a wife and mother in the 1940s and 1950s. With these works, the artist considers the role of women as homemakers and the ongoing centrality of the kitchen within domestic life.


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