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Ann Toebbe

Steven Zevitas Gallery

Though each of the nine works in Ann Toebbe’s “Housekeeping" exhibition resonates with the discourse of authenticity often assigned to the craft-based, naive/folk style that characterizes her aesthetic, one would be hard-pressed to identify a specific emotional tenor or affective viewpoint in the mundane trappings of the interiors that her paintings depict. The china gracing the dining room shelves, the handmade baubles keeping company with technological devices in the living room, the cookware splayed across the kitchen counter—rather than alluding to some kind of conjugal psychodrama, Toebbe’s vignettes seem subsumed by an extensive process of accounting and accountability, a systematic inventory of actions necessary to keep an ordered home (washing, dusting, vacuuming, polishing, as the various titles specify) and a matter-of-fact index of idioms and techniques that have long constituted

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