George Gilmour Members’ Gallery
The three works in Cyclic are the result of layering of material and of subject. The figurative narratives, which include expressions of desire, courtship rituals, and the act of giving birth, are woodblock and linoleum printed on opaque silk. This is the “back story” in front of which are woodblock and softoleum printed circular shapes, on translucent silk organza, universal symbols of wholeness, the self, of all cyclic movement. The two layers have been embroidered together, in an attempt to create a richness of narratives. Bound together in this way, the abstract and the figurative compete for attention.
Rochelle Rubinstein is a Toronto-based printmaker, painter, fabric and book artist. In Toronto, she is represented by Loop Gallery, where her solo exhibitions are held regularly. In addition, her work has been exhibited in such diverse places as Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland; Yeshiva University Museum, New York; Print Triennial, Estonia; and McMaster Museum of Art, Royal Ontario Museum, and Chinese Cultural Centre, in Canada. Rubinstein’s work can be found in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. She has completed several artist residencies, including Stern College for Women, New York City; Women’s Studio Workshop, New York State; Irish Museum of Modern Art and Aras Eanna Art Centre, Ireland. As a community arts facilitator, her workshops and projects involving groups such as health workers, battered women, people with eating disorders, seniors with depression, and youth at risk, are based upon methods that are central to her own art practice: drawing, printmaking, sewing and bookmaking.