Beating the Rug (Final Sale)

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by Ann Toebbe

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Artist Statement

I paint from memory, choosing memories of places or spaces that I recall in detail. Beating the Rug is about spring cleaning. My first apartment in Chicago was in a rundown building, but it had this narrow triangular balcony with a heavy, red metal banister and a spectacular view of Lake Michigan. At the time, I was pregnant with our first baby. I spent almost a whole month cleaning the apartment-nesting, so to speak. We had always had trouble with pigeons landing on our balcony and making a mess with their feathers and poop. But that spring, a pigeon made a nest on our balcony and laid her eggs. It seemed symbolic, so we let her stay. In the original painting, the rug is painted in oil paint, while the rest of the painting is in gouache. The rug is bright and clean, but the balcony is still dusty from the birds, spiders' webs and pollution.


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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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