Power Outage

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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+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
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Ann Toebbe

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Ann Toebbe received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1997. She earned an MFA in painting from Yale University and in 2000 had a Skowhegan residency. She has been the recipient of a Jacob Javits Fellowship in 2003, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship in 2005 and 2015, a Chicago Council for the Arts Grant in 2006, and in 2008 she was a West Prize Finalist. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, London, and Chicago where she now lives.
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