The Doctor’s Wife
UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work
October 7–30, 2011
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 1940’s and 50’s. with these works, the artist considers the role of women as homemakers and the ongoing centrality of the kitchen within domestic life.