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The Mother Rubbings

The Mother Rubbings, Work On Paper
The Mother Rubbings

Work On Paper    84 x 12    5    http://www.catherine...   

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84" tall x 12" wide.
Charcoal Rubbings on found graph paper.
“The Mother Rubbings,” is a work on paper created during a durational performance, which took place March through July of 2020. I walked the rows of graves, taking rubbings of every headstone marked ‘mother.’
This work serves as a personal and collective means of expressing grief over the deaths of millions of women and mothers due to COVID - 19.
The piece asks: How can art objects facilitate the communal grieving process? What means of mourning remain for families when a pandemic separates them from their passing kin?
Catherine Reinhart is an interdisciplinary artist from Ames, IA. Reinhart creates fiber work and conducts social practice with abandoned textiles around themes of labor, connection, and care. She received her MFA - Textiles from the University of Kansas and a BFA - Integrated Studio Arts at Iowa State University. Reinhart exhibits locally, nationally and internationally. She has exhibited at the Department of Land Economy, Cambridge University and Cambridge Artworks, Cambridge, UK, and the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS.

Her works are in collections at the University of Mississippi and Kyoto Keika University, Kyoto, Japan. Reinhart is the recipient of numerous grants and residencies, including the Iowa Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. Reinhart was recently honored as a 2020 Iowa Artist Fellow, a 2021 Terrain Exhibitions Artist-in-Residence in Springfield, IL and a recipient of the Alex Brown Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence in Des Moines, IA (2022).


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