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

Oct 8–30, 2011

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 50s. 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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