Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
UBS 12 × 12: New Artists/New Work
October 7-30, 2011
Reception for the artist: October 11th, 5-8 pm, artist talk 6pm
DETAIL, The Doctor's Wife, Cut paper, paint, acetate, glue on paper, 6 x 10 feet
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 step-mother-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. - Julie Rodrigues-Widholm
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Toebbe received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Yale University, and now resides in Chicago. Toebbe’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Chicago, New York, Boston, Cincinnati, and San Francisco, among others.