9.3.10

Ann Toebbe




What stands out about Ann Toebbe’s artwork is how it all seems to belong to another world- a world without or within dimensions. Her painting and paper cuts look as if they may have been part of a diorama that is now splayed out creating depth and a visual vertex view.

A peripheral glance could  assume these paintings belong in a children’s story book. Ms. Toebbe creates her works from memory and as a result developed what she describes as “awkward and flat” drawings which then lead to her “playing with perspective.” Her trained eye and mastered hand tell stories of her childhood as well as frozen moments in time. She created a series of painting using stained glass windows inspired by the church she grew up attending. Her work Red Plastic Plates commemorates her husband having dinner at her parents’ house for the first time and them insisting on using disposable dishware and cutlery.

From an interview with Ms. Toebbe she is quoted as saying: I paint because I am not good at complicating things or complicated things, like conceptual art or video. I like painting because it is about getting things organized. I paint from memory and I use the routines, repetitions and sameness of everyday life as inspiration because the more time I spend in place, the better I can remember it.
A. Toebbe's website: http://anntoebbe.com/index.php

6 comments:

Copyboy said...

Thanks so much to opening up to an artist I've never known. Incredible works.

Lovely World said...

Fantastic work. She is quite a draftsperson, but then adds a whole emotional layer. The one with the burning house is provocative.

ajgallion said...

This is pretty cool art! I'll be heading to her web site for sure.

Lady Ren said...

Copyboy- you are welcome!
Lovely World- I agree the burning house is amazing.
ajgallion- her other works are so great. I am glad you will get to see them.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed Ms. Toebbe's works.
Her choice of color, perspective, grey circles for depicting smoke, red dishes-I'm getting carried away here. Thank you for introducing her.

Ann said...

very very very lovely.

i should of studied art since it was really my passion

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