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by Ann Toebbe

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Artist Statement

My paintings revolve around specific domestic routines and activities: cleaning, cooking, eating, sleeping, playing. My paintings reconstruct the spaces in which these activities occurred, as remembered visually, wall-by-wall, item-by-item: the door next to the stove, the two windows overlooking the garden, the turquoise linoleum floor, etc. Compositionally I strive for rigor in purely formal terms of shape, space, and color. But visually, the pictures are meant to feel like home: the kitchen, the family room, the neighborhood street, the church we went to, our grandparents’ house.

Power Outage is about the 2010 black out in Chicago during a summer heat wave. My entire family was visiting from Cincinnati to meet my five week old daughter Betty. The house was sweltering. I was awake in the middle of the night feeding the baby and my mom brought in a candle. We sat up talking because it was too hot to sleep.


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Ann Toebbe

Born in 1974 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ann Toebbe received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1997. She earned an MFA in painting from Yale University in 2004 and a DAAD Scholarship to the Universität der Kunst, Berlin in 2004-05. She has been the recipient of numerous grants including a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, 2005 and 2015, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant, 2015, and a Chicago Dcase Grant, 2017 and IL Council for the Arts Grant, 2018. In 2017 Toebbe was AiR at The Pilchuck School of Glass. Her work has been shown at The MCA Chicago, The... Read More
Elmhurst Art Museum, and The Fralin Museum of Art and galleries including Monya Rowe, NY and Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles. In 2019 Toebbe had solo exhibitions at Tibor de Nagy, NY where she is represented and in the gallery at The Heimbold Visual Arts Center at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY.
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