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Rochelle Rubinstein

Shelter, no. 301995

Canadian artist Rochelle Rubinstein is committed to raising awareness about domestic violence through her work. In 1995 and 1996 Rubinstein participated on the Artists’ Residency Programme at IMMA, and made a series of works printed on fabric, which she donated to refuges and shelters around Dublin, such as Womens’ Aid.
Rubinstein’s parents were refugees who set up a tailoring business in Toronto. This upbringing has influenced her work, and she employs techniques traditionally associated with women, like sewing and embroidery. In ‘Shelter, no. 30’ Rubinstein creates a striking graphic image of a young mother sheltering her child from harm. The border of the quilt is made up of symbols such as a cut-out doll’s dress, and a hand picking an olive branch.
During her residency at IMMA Rochelle also facilitated workshops with women from the Family Resource Centre, St Michael’s Estate, Inchicore. Their collaborative piece ‘Quilt’ was part of the touring exhibition addressing issues of domestic violence entitled ‘Once is Too Much’.

MediumLinocut printed, softoleum printed, and embroidered silk
Dimensions140 x 117 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donated by the artist, 1995
Item NumberIMMA.488
Image Caption
Rochelle Rubinstein, Shelter, no. 30, 1995, Linocut printed, softoleum printed, and embroidered silk, 140 x 117 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated by the artist, 1995

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About the Artist

Rochelle Rubinstein

Canadian artist Rochelle Rubinstein works in a range of media including painting, print, textiles and book art to examine social issues such as domestic violence, old age and mental illness. Collaborating with community and professional groups, she employs techniques traditionally associated with female domesticity. Rubinstein has been exhibiting widely since the mid 1980s. She has completed artist residencies at the Stern College for Women, New York; The Women's Studio Workshop, New York; Áras Éanna Art Centre, Inis Oírr, and IMMA.
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