Red Plastic Plates (Final Sale)

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by Ann Toebbe

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Artist Statement

I paint interiors from memory. I choose a room that I can recall in detail, like my parent's dining room in Red Plastic Plates. The original artwork is made from cut paper, which I paint by hand on my studio floor, then cut into the shapes that make up the room. The cut paper pieces are even flatter, more graphic and labor-intensive than my paintings, yet more physical, due to the layers of paper; up close, you can see the glue and little imperfections that don't exist in my paintings. Living on the East Coast made me acutely aware of the aesthetics of my midwestern upbringing. My experiences in New York and at Yale University cast my family's home and lifestyle in a different light: a pragmatic, mundane (and rather flat) sense of beauty, unburdened by high ideas or refinements of style. The combination of my earlier working-class tastes and the later-acquired, intensely cosmopolitan awareness of style has shaped who I am as a painter. Red Plastic Plates captures the humor of the culture clash I sometimes feel when I introduce new people to my family. My husband and stepson were visiting my parents' home in Cincinnati for the first time, and my mother, to my horror, insisted on serving dinner in the dining room on red plastic plates with plastic cups, plastic silverware and paper napkins. I love my mother and can now thank her for creating the image for Red Plastic Plates.


+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

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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